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
- 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
- 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
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.