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Septic Tank Life

05/01/2013 By tanksalot
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Septic tanks can have a life of 50 years or longer if they are well cared for. Unfortunately most homeowners do not know what the dos and don’ts are of caring for a tank, and consequently some septic tanks do not serve households to their fullest potential. Here are just a few not-so-obvious tips that will increase the longevity of your tank:

  • At no point should a tank be driven upon. Even though a tank may be buried, it is still close enough to the earth’s surface to crack if any sort of motorized vehicle were to drive over top of the septic system
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  • Do not deposit chemicals into the tank, such as antifreeze, gasoline or degreasers. Harsh chemicals can eat away at the inside of the tank and cause premature wear-and-tear
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  • When the manhole opening is level to the ground, there is a high possibility that debris and harmful, unwanted substances will enter the tank. Proper landscaping will prevent almost any sort of unwanted substances and debris from contaminating the tank

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These simple tips will help maintain and prolong your septic system for many years. To learn more and septic system maintenance, please contact the knowledgeable staff at Tanks-A-Lot.

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