Septic tanks are the tanks that receive all the waste from your house. Bacteria inside a septic tank will help the solid waste liquefy and mix everything together. The waste will then be let out of the septic tank into field lines that will allow the waste to fertilize your soil. This article will help you locate your septic tank and know what you should and shouldn't do with your tank.
Find Your Tank
In order to make sure that your septic tank is in good running order, you need to be able to locate it and maintain it. Your septic tank will be a short distance from the house and should be buried underground. If you have a blueprint of your piece of land, then the location of the septic tank should be shown. If there is a spot of greener grass, that may be where your septic tank is located.
Once you locate your septic tank, you need to know how far under your septic tank is. If you have your blueprint, it might specify the depth your tank is at. To find out the depth, you need a small metal rod that will push through the ground but not damage the septic tank. You can push this down through the grass until you feel resistance. This is where your septic tank is.
Standard Rules of Septic Tank Care
Your septic tank should be completely pumped out every few years. Some domestic treatment plants, such as Econocycle, may perform this service. You should call yours and ask. If not, you will need to do it yourself. Your septic treatment systems will work better if you use biodegradable toilet paper that can break down more easily.
Do not build on top of your septic tank, as too much weight can make it explode. You should never put diapers, kitty litter, floss, condoms, or feminine products down the toilet, as these can clog up your septic tank. If the tank becomes clogged, it will not be able to break down the contents correctly, causing it to perhaps overflow.
Never put anything like grease or gasoline down a drain. Those harsh chemicals will be hard to break down and could cause blockage. Do not plant a garden or have vegetables or herbs growing near the location of your septic tank. Keep trees away from the septic tank as their roots can cause problems. Last of all, if you see signs of drains not working properly, you need to call a professional to pump out your septic tank.