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A few weeks ago, my husband and I met with a general contractor. We talked with this professional about building an addition onto our small home. At this time, he informed us about a problem with our septic tank. We learned we would have to relocate a couple of septic lines before construction could begin on our home. Are you considering building an addition onto your house or business? Before you get too far along in this complex process, think about consulting with someone from a reputable septic service in your area. An expert from a septic service can inform you if your current septic tank will be large enough to accommodate the addition. On this blog, I hope you will discover the most common tasks performed by septic services. Enjoy!


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Septic System Tips

Debra Chapman

It can be very frustrating to have your septic tank get backed up. Having sewage in your home is not optimal, and can actually cost a lot of money from getting any necessary repairs. It is important that you keep your septic system at peak condition at all times. If you make some simple mistakes, you could be hurting your septic system a great deal. Here are a few tips that will help you keep your septic system running at peak condition.


Septic systems require a few different strains of bacteria to break down sewage. If you are not careful, you can actually kill these bacteria. One of the most common ways to kill the bacteria in your septic system is using drain cleaners. If you have a clog in your sink, think twice before you reach for a liquid drain cleaner. The harsh chemicals can easily kill the bacteria in the system. Instead of using the chemicals to get rid of the clog, use a pipe snake. The bacteria also have a very hard time breaking down food. Try to limit the amount of food that you put down the disposal. 


A major problem that arises with septic systems is getting backed up and plugged. There is usually a very easy explanation for a backed up septic system. More often than not, the system is getting blocked up because of trash. The only way to get this garbage out of your system is to have it pumped out. It is very common to find condoms, plastic bags, cigarettes, and other random garbage in a septic system. It is very important that you are careful with what you put down your sink and flush down the toilet. However, regardless of how well your system is running, it is a very good idea to get your septic tank pumped once every other year.

Tank Location

It is important that you know exactly where the septic tank is on your property. It will generally be located a few feet below the lowest point in your home. However, it is important to know exactly where it is because it can become damaged. If your tank is in your yard or driveway, you could be damaging the tank simply by overburdening the soil on top of the tank.

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