If you’re a property owner in Oregon, Sherwood, Columbus, Knoxville, Tennessee, or the Ohio and you use a septic tank system for the disposal of your family’s waste there are several things that you should know about septic tank services.
The size of the tank and the quantity of waste material that needs processing will determine how often you will require septic tank services. Septic tank systems process much more than liquid waste thus I will devote some time discussing some of the solid materials that go into the system and the ones that should not be allowed into them.
The Amount of Solid Material
One of the main factors which determine the frequency of septic tank pumping is the quantity of solid material which goes into and stays in the septic tank. When large amounts of solid material gathers at the bottom of the septic tank the space for liquid processing is diminished. The solid material goes through a process of decomposition where it will become sludge. Over time this sludge will buildup and needs to be removed to create space.
I’m sure you’ve worked this out by now, but I’ll say it explicitly. The less solid waste that builds up in your septic tank over the less it has to be emptied. So the question is, how do you reduce the amount of solid waste that collects in the septic tank? Here are some tips:
- Reduce the amount of garbage disposal use because this can actually double the amount of solid waste causing you to have to pump more often.
- Reduce water usage – a rule of thumb is 50 gallons per individual on a daily basis.
- Do not add materials such as facial tissues, hygiene products, or cigarette butts to wastewater.
- Never pour products such as grease or cooking oil into the drain.
- The drain field should always have vegetative cover such as grass or some other plants.
There are several items that should never enter the septic system these include
Cooking grease, oils, or fats; paints; paint thinners; solvents; pesticides; disinfectants; and other harsh household chemicals.
Cooking oil and other forms of grease and fats should be stored in a container and disposed of in the household garbage where it can be dumped at a local land fill.
Paint thinners, paints, pesticides, disinfectants, solvents and other types of household chemicals are poisonous substances that will seep into the ground water supply causing problems. They will also destroy the microorganisms which assist in purifying the sewage. If you need additional information on how to safely dispose these chemicals you can get in touch with your local Cooperative Extension Service or Country Office for further information.