You did it! You officially purchased your first home. You just did something huge. Not everyone achieves the dream of homeownership. But now that you're the proud owner of a new home, what kind of upkeep should you be aware of? For starters, there's that septic tank…
The septic system is part of your property. If it isn't well maintained, it could very easily hurt the resale value of your home. Don't worry! You can easily upkeep the septic with these five tips for new homeowners:
Tip #1: Ditch the Garbage Disposal
Before you panic, it's not like we're telling you to ditch the dishwasher. Think about it. How useful is a garbage disposal?
The garbage disposal chops discarded food into small pieces and sends them to the septic. Most homeowners don't realize that those particles do not break down in the septic tank. They sit there. They accumulate. Eventually, they cause unwanted clogs and decrease the life of your septic system.
So ditch the garbage disposal. Throw food scraps to the dog (he'll thank you) or the garage can instead.
Tip #2: Conserve Water
The septic tank has limits. It can only process so much water at once. Your goal is to use as little water as possible, which is really a win-win. The less water your use, the less water you pay for. And the less water hitting the septic, the less likely it is to be overtaxed.
Tip #3: Get a Bacterial Additive
A what? Don't worry; a lot of new homeowners are bewildered by this term.
A bacterial additive is backup for your septic—it's the Calvary. A septic system relies on bacteria to break down the waste inside. An additive can help supplement the process, but you should consult a professional before choosing one because some can do harm more than they help.
Tip #4: Go Green
All-natural cleaning products are a great way to go green and keep your septic in working order. The toxic chemicals in most household cleaning products will kill bacteria in the tank, effectively killing your septic system.
Tip #5: Routine Service
Welcome to the life of preventative maintenance. It's par for the course for homeowners. No matter how closely you follow tips one through four, they cannot replace regular maintenance. So be sure your tank is serviced and pumped every two to five years.
By following these tips, you can ensure your latest investment remains a good one. You'll actively increase the lifespan of your septic system, and who doesn't want that? For more information on septic tank care, contact a business such as Roto-Rooter Plumbing & Sewer Drain Cleaning.