Buying a home in a rural setting can provide you with great value for your money. However, it is common for homes in these settings to use septic systems, and if you have never owned a home with one of these systems, you might not fully understand what needs to be done to help the system avoid routine problems. To make sure that you avoid some common complications, you will want to be mindful of the following tips.
Avoid Pouring Bleach Down The Drains
There are many people that will use bleach to clean their sinks and remove clogs from the plumbing. However, if you have a septic system, you will want to avoid using this chemical. Bleach can be exceedingly harsh and toxic. As a result, it may kill many of the bacteria in the septic tank, and this will greatly reduce the ability of the system to break down solid organic matter. White vinegar can be an effective cleaning option for your sinks, and it will not pose a serious threat to the health of your septic system.
Know The Location Of Your Septic Tank And Drainfield
Many new homeowners may not know the exact location of the septic tank and drainfield. Unfortunately, this can make it easy for you to inadvertently damage the system. This occurs when the soil around the system becomes compressed, which can happen when you make the mistake of parking over the tank or drainfield. Planting large plants near the septic system can also cause problems as the roots may enter the system and clog it. By knowing the location of this system, you will be able to easily prevent these threats from causing problems for your home's septic system. To determine where your septic system is located, you can hire septic care professionals to map this system. This is done through the use of specially designed metal detectors. Once the system has been found, you should mark it with lawn ornaments or other light decorations so that you always know exactly where it is buried.
Ensure Your Yard Has Good Drainage
In order to function efficiently, your septic system will need to be in soil that has good drainage. Unfortunately, if your yard has poor drainage, you may find that the system slows and causes pooling water in the yard following periods of rain. Correcting this problem will require the installation of French drains, gutters, or gravel. To help you determine the steps for most efficiently improving the drainage in your yard, you can hire a landscaping professional to conduct soil tests and study the terrain to help you choose a cost-effective solution for improving this issue.
Contact a company like Lutzky Contracting for more information.