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Septic Tank Cleaning, Pumping, and Other Key Maintenance Tips for Your Suffolk County Septic System
There’s no shortage of companies that offer septic tank services in Suffolk County, but if you’re looking for the fastest, most effective, and most reliable results possible, don’t bother with the rest and contact the best: Quality Cesspool! For more than 10 years, Quality Cesspool has been maintaining and repairing the septic systems of Greenport, NY homeowners. Whether you’re in need of septic tank pumping and cleaning, emergency repairs, or you need to have a new tank installed, when our team of highly trained professionals is on the job, you can have confidence knowing that your septic system will receive the very best of care.
A septic tank is a highly efficient and reliable wastewater storage and treatment system that many Suffolk County homeowners rely on, and just like any other system within your home, it needs to be properly maintained. Without proper care, the tank itself and the pipes that lead to it can become damaged and an overflow can occur. Sewage overflows aren’t just gross; they can cause extensive damage, costly repairs, and serious health complications.
To keep your septic system in tip-top condition, here are some helpful maintenance tips from Quality Cesspool, Suffolk County’s most trusted cesspool company.
Pump and Clean Your Septic Tank on a Regular Basis
Septic tanks and the pipes that lead to them are constantly exposed to wastewater. While the tank can accommodate a large amount of water, there’s only so much it can hold. Eventually, the water and waste need to be emptied out.
As per the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA,) septic tank pumping and septic tank cleaning should be performed every three to five years. During pumping, the wastewater is removed from the tank using highly specialized equipment. Cleanings involve the removal of sludge and scum that has collected along the walls of the tank. If you fail to have your system pumped and cleaned, it’s only a matter of time before you experience a problem.
Schedule Professional Inspections
You should also have it inspected by a Suffolk County cesspool professional. Just like septic tank cleaning and pumping, the EPA also recommends having a septic system inspected every three to five years. During an inspection, the entire system will be assessed for any signs of damage, such as cracks and clogs. If issues are spotted, the necessary repairs can be made before serious problems arise.
Use Water Wisely
Use caution when flushing water down your drains. Sending too much water down the drains at one time will inundate the septic tank and increase the risk of an overflow. Instead of washing multiple loads of laundry in a single day, do a load once a day, and instead of running several appliances that use water at the same time – a dishwasher, washing machine, shower, and sink, for example – stick to using only one or two. Additionally, if any of your faucets are leaking or toilets are running, have them repaired. The constant surge of water being flushed into your septic tank from running plumbing fixtures can also increase the risk of a backup.
To further reduce your water consumption, consider installing low flow plumbing fixtures, including faucets, showerheads, and toilets. Not only will these fixtures reduce the amount of water that you’re putting into your septic tank, but they’ll also save you money on your utility bills; they’re good for the environment, too.
Watch What You Flush
Septic systems are designed to breakdown organic matter, not inorganic waste, so watch what you’re flushing down the toilets and drains. Steer clear of things like paint, oil, liquid cleansers, and grease. Instead of decomposing, these items will settle on the bottom of the septic tank and push up wastewater and organic material, increasing the risk of an overflow. Inorganic materials also disrupt the balance of healthy bacteria that breaks down the organic matter in your septic tank, further increasing the chance of a backup.
It’s also important to avoid flushing any solid materials down toilets and drains; eggshells, coffee grounds, cotton balls, feminine hygiene products, and even products that say they’re flushable, such as wipes, should be completely avoided. Solids can get trapped in the pipes that lead to your septic tank and cause extensive damage. If by chance, they do make their way through the pipes into the cesspool, instead of decomposing, they’ll take up space a backup will eventually occur. To avoid serious damage and costly repairs, always be aware of what you’re flushing – and make sure that everyone else who uses your septic system is, too!
Avoid Excessive Weight
Though septic systems are built out of sturdy materials, they can’t withstand excessive weight. Therefore, you should avoid placing heavy objects over the tank and the drain field. Don’t park vehicles, build patios or decking, or place any other heavy objects in the vicinity of your septic system. Doing so could cripple the components of the system, cause cracks, and potentially even a collapse.
Be Cautious with Landscaping
Be mindful of the location of trees and shrubs in your yard. If they’re located within close proximity to your septic system, the roots can grow around the pipe and tanks and eventually push their way through the components. Root intrusion is a leading cause of septic system damage. In extreme cases, the damage can be so severe that replacing the entire system may be necessary.
Quality Cesspool: Suffolk County’s Leading Septic Tank Service Provider
If you live in Greenport, NY and you’re looking for a quality septic tank service provider, look no further than Quality Cesspool. Maintenance, repairs, new installations, and emergency services; we cover all aspects of septic tank care. To learn more maintenance tips for your septic system, to schedule an appointment for routine maintenance, or to request an emergency service, call 516-676-7767. One of our knowledgeable associates will be glad to assist you. You can count on the pros at Quality Cesspool to keep your drains running freely.
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