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Put these Tips to Work and Prevent Unnecessary Septic RepairIf you have a septic system instead of a sewer connection, you’ll be pleased to know that if you follow a few basic guidelines, a modern septic system is not difficult to take care of. For a trouble-free and clean septic system, put the following tips to work:

  • Check toilets and faucets for leaks, and have any problems attended to by a septic repair technician before they lead to major issues.
  • Use flow-reducer nozzles on showers and aerators on faucets to lower your water consumption.
  • Don’t run the dishwasher until it is full.
  • For small loads of laundry, reduce the water level.
  • To reduce the amount of water needed to flush the toilet, use a displacer.
  • Keep trees at least 100 ft away from the septic system to prevent root invasion. Trees like willows with aggressive roots should be planted even farther away.
  • Your toilet is not a garbage disposal. Never flush tampons, sanitary napkins, disposable diapers, facial tissues, paper towels, cigarette butts or coffee grounds. They can clog a septic tank quickly, and you’ll need septic repair in less time than you think.
  • Use your garbage disposal wisely; otherwise, it will increase the amount of solids in the septic tank and cause it to back up, requiring septic repair. Buy a top-of-the-range model that grinds food into tiny particles that are much easier for the system to digest, and throw as much food as possible into the trash—not the garbage disposal.
  • Avoid pouring hazardous chemicals like paint thinners, varnish, gasoline, motor oils or other similar chemicals down any drain because they are not only a hazard to groundwater; they can ruin your system and cause a need for expensive septic repair.
  • Minimize the use of heavy duty cleaners. Overuse kills good bacteria in the septic tank.


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