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Septic SystemsUnless you have lived with a septic system before or worked in the industry, chances are that you don’t know much about what they are or how to care for and maintain one. When it comes to buying a home with a septic system, you need to know a few basic things in order to keep your septic system running smoothly.

First, recognize that a septic system is not something that can be neglected. You’ll need regular septic systems maintenance checks and regular septic pumping in order to keep your system functioning. Additionally, these regular maintenance checks can help expose some minor problems that need fixing- which is always easier and less expensive than fixing a major septic issue!

Second, you need to think of your septic system as an extension of your home. Everything that goes down the pipes of your home will influence your septic system, so you need to take care as to what is flushed, disposed of down the drain, and how much water and detergents are used. Bleach, for example, should never be used in a home with a septic system as this will kill the good bacteria that break down the waste solids in your tank.

Finally, know where your septic system is located on your property. Because your septic system lies beneath the ground, it’s easy to forget where it is. Markers on an easily accessible map can help you recall where the main components of your septic system are and watch for changes in the ground of those areas.

If you would like to know more about septic systems or have any questions, please call us today at Averett Septic Tank Co Inc. We look forward to hearing from you!