Tips For Preventing Septic Tank Overflow

You absolutely do not want your septic tank to overflow. It will cause the area around your septic tank to smell very bad and will pollute the soil in which your septic tank rests. Here are some tips for making sure that your septic tank does not overflow and you don't have to deal with either of these problems, or any other problems that a septic tank overflow could cause.

1. Maintain Your Drain Field

The first thing that you need to do is make sure that your drain feel is well-maintained. The drain field is the area of rocks and gravel that surrounds your septic tank that effectively disperses the water that comes out of it into the ground, allowing you to only keep the sludge in your septic tank. You need to take care of this drain field because it is going to be the reason why you have a lot of soupy waste around the septic tank or do not have this soupy waste. 

To keep your drain field safe from harm, make sure that you never park cars on it or put anything heavy near it. This is because when heavy items are put on the drain field, it compacts the rocks and the soil that is holding them together. This can be a major problem because it will reduce the amount of liquid that the field is able to disperse. Keep any plants with deep root systems far away from the field because you don't want their root systems inadvertently halting the water dispersion process. Grass is completely acceptable because it has a shallow root system. Finally, make sure that your gutters are not directing rainwater to the drain field and causing the field to become saturated with liquid that is not coming from the septic tank.

2. Get a Large Enough Tank

Count the number of people that are going to be using the septic tank in your home. Then, multiply that number by 125 to 175 gallons, depending on how much rainwater your area usually gets. This is the total volume that your septic tank should be able to hold. If you don't get a tank that is large enough, you will suffer an overflow, especially on days when it rains hard. 

3. Set a Maintenance Schedule

At least once a year, make sure that you have a professional waste removal company come to remove the waste from your septic tank and repair anything that might have been damaged. Pay for these services in advance whenever you have the money to make sure that you don't have to worry about saving up money for the specific time that you have scheduled.

For more information, talk to a company that specializes in waste removal.