While many Australian homes and other properties rely on local sewerage system for wastewater disposal, a smaller portion rely on a septic system.
A septic system is an underground treatment facility for managing wastewater in a household.
Maintaining them is your responsibility, as homeowner. So, if you don’t know where to start or are looking at a home with one on site, it’s worth getting familiar with them.
What to do with your septic system
Septic tank maintenance is necessary to increase the lifespan of your septic system – which can be anywhere from 15 to 40 years!
Here’s what to do with your septic system:
- Ensure you have all the required permits and papers before installing and using your septic system.
- Make sure your septic system is installed by a licensed plumber Perth team who are well equipped to deal with septic tanks.
- Have your septic tank pumped out and cleaned every 2-5 years on average unless problems arise during this period.
- Check and clean your irrigation filter fortnightly (if applicable).
- Plant suitable shrubs and ground cover near your septic system. Opt for greenery that won’t compromise your access or the functionality (i.e., root growth), and tough, hardy grasses and small bushes that can stand the environment and presence of wastewater.
By doing these above steps, you’ll be setting the standard of septic tank functionality and longevity.
Septic tank problems? Call on a plumber Perth team to assist, and steer clear of any of the ‘don’ts’ below.
What not to do with your septic system
If you want your septic tank to have a long and healthy lifespan, you’ll want to steer clear of the below.
Here’s what not to do with your septic system:
- Avoid driving any vehicles within 3 metres of the access lids or within 6 metres of the irrigation field. Why? Because heavy machinery, like vehicles, create additional pressure on your buried tank, which could cause cracks, breakages, leakages and serious contamination issues.
- Never allow any living thing to consume the treated liquid waste from a domestic wastewater treatment system. This extends to animals, humans and edible plants drinking the treated wastewater, or letting animals graze from the irrigation field.
- Never let the power go out to your system. Consider a backup generator.
- Don’t allow solvents, bleaching agents, antibacterial products or solid materials to enter your septic system.
The last don’t? Don’t ever let anyone who isn’t a licensed plumber ‘help’ you with your septic tank.
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