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One of the worst fears of every septic system owner is having their system completely backup. We don’t need to get into the dirty details, but experiencing a septic system backup is one messy, not to mention expensive, situation. They require extensive septic system service that includes cleanup (both inside your home and outside) and also generally require a variety of very costly repairs.

To avoid ever having your septic system backup or become damaged, follow these handy tips.

Avoid Flushing Certain Items Down the Drain

Out of sight, out of mind is unfortunately the stance that many septic system owners take. They believe that just because their drains can fit a whole host of items down them that they are free to merely flush anything they want.

There are a multitude of items that you should always avoid flushing down the drain. These can range from many types of grease to chemicals, cat litter and other household items.

Make sure you understand what your system can handle before flushing just anything down the drain.

Recognize the Signs of Distressed Systems

Owning a septic system isn’t as easy as purchasing a tank, having it installed and then never worrying about it again. Owners need to have their system maintained and repaired every so often, just to make sure that it continues to operate safely, efficiently and to the best of its ability.

Unfortunately, septic systems are not like cars; they don’t come equipped with a nifty little check engine light to warn you that something is going wrong. It is up to you to recognize the signs that your septic system needs repair. These can be anything from terrible odors to unusually wet landscaping.

Always be on the lookout for anything that appears out of the ordinary.

Have Your Tank Pumped Frequently

Depending on the type of tank you have installed, your septic system can last anywhere from 15 to 40 years. But that doesn’t mean that you never have to have it pumped during its lifetime. The number one cause of a septic backup is, not surprisingly, a full tank.

Your tank can hold a lot, and the waste does break down over time, but you are likely to fill it up faster than it deteriorates. Plus, there is always some type of scum that is left behind, which will need to be cleaned out to keep the system working properly.

The best way to keep your septic system healthy is to have it pumped regularly. So contact AAA Wastewater today to schedule your septic tank pumping.