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Not Sure How To Care For Your Septic Tank? 3 Things You Need To Know

by Roberto Garza

If this is your first time using a septic tank, there are some things you'll need to know about their care. Unlike your typical sewer system, septic systems hold all of your household waste in underground containment units. With proper care, your septic tank won't give you any problems.

One of the most important things you should know about your septic system is that the tanks will need to be emptied at least once every three to five years. Here are three other important things you should know that will help protect your septic tank and prevent complications such as back-ups and clogs.

Limit Water Usage

All the waste that leaves your house, flows through to the septic tanks. That includes all the water from your toilets, sinks and washing machine.  Once inside the tank, the solids sink down to the bottom of the holding tank. The water is drained out through a system of pipes and in to the underground seepage pit.

When waste water flows into the septic tank at a slow and steady pace, the system is able to drain properly. If waste water enters the system too quickly, it can cause a back-up. If that happens, you can end up with contaminated waste water backing up into your home. To prevent this from happening, limit the amount of laundry you do each day, and have your family space their showers throughout the day.

Careful With the Toilet Paper

Not all toilet paper is created equal. In fact, some toilet paper can be downright harmful for your septic tank. Before you purchase your toilet paper, make sure it's safe for septic tanks. In most cases, the packaging will be labeled septic safe. If you're not sure about the toilet paper you're using, there's a simple test you can conduct. This test will ensure that the toilet paper you're using won't harm your septic tank.


  1. Fill a jar with water.
  2. Put a few pieces of toilet paper in the jar and place the lid on it.
  3. Allow the toilet paper to sit for about 30 seconds.
  4. Shake the jar for about 1 to 2 minutes.
  5. The toilet paper should begin to break apart inside the jar.

Limit the Chemicals

When it comes to your septic tank, bacteria is good. In fact, it's the bacteria inside your tank that decomposes all the solid waste you flush out of the house. Household products like bleach and antibacterial soaps can kill the bacteria your tank needs. If that happens, the solid waste won't break properly and your septic tank will fill too quickly. To prevent this problem, limit the amount of chemicals you flush down the drains.

Your septic tank depends on you for proper care and treatment. To keep new septic tank in proper working order, use the simple tips provided here. For assistance, talk to a professional like The Outhouse.