When it comes to home improvement and maintenance, there are some jobs that you should always leave to the professionals. To give one example, you should always hire a septic contractor to work on your septic system because you need to make sure everything is installed correctly and the job is just too unpleasant to do yourself. Our team at Sewer & Drain Medic has extensive experience in the septic industry, and in this article, we have put together a few key things that we want you to know in order to keep your system in good working order.
- Keep Grass Over Your Drain Field- First, our septic contractors want you to know that you should always keep your drain field covered by grass or other vegetation, as the plants’ roots will help keep the soil in place. The vegetation will also promote evaporation to keep the field from overflowing.
- …But Don’t Plant Trees or Shrubs Nearby- Another thing that our septic contractors want to make sure you know is that you should never plant trees, shrubs, or other plants with deep roots near your drain field or tank. This is because the roots will spread over time, and they can damage your system’s pipes as they grow and leave you with a big mess to clean up.
- Don’t Use Caustic Drain Cleaners- A third thing that we want you to know is that you should never use caustic drain cleaners if you have a septic system. Your septic tank is full of beneficial bacteria that break down solid wastes in order to make more room inside the tank, and the harsh chemicals in some drain cleaners will kill these microorganisms. This will cause your tank to fill up faster, and can lead to other problems as well.