3 Important Things To Know About Your New Septic System

Have you recently purchased a home with a septic system? Even though you were told that it is a septic system, are you confused about exactly what this means? Unlike a home that's hooked up to a city sewer system, a septic system sends your raw sewage into a collection tank buried somewhere on your property. For the most part, there's little difference in your day-to-day life between the two systems. However, there are still a few notable differences that you should be aware of. In order to properly maintain your system, some of the things you need to be aware of include:

Toilet paper troubles

Your favorite bathroom tissue may not be suitable for use with septic systems. Before buying any more, check the packaging to see if it says anywhere on it that it's safe to use. If you are unable to find this information anywhere, it's most likely not suitable. Although you won't see an issue immediately, using the wrong bathroom tissue means it will be unable to break down in the tank. The whole system will get clogged, and you'll need to have it cleaned out by a professional in order to get it working again. 

Regular inspections

You may already be aware that you'll need to have your septic tank pumped out every few years. In general, it will be 3–5 years between pumpings. What you may not realize is that it's a good idea to get your system inspected at this time. Some companies that do septic pumping will inspect septic systems for no additional fee while others may charge extra for this service. This leads many people to assume that the inspection is optional. But regular inspections are the best way to find out if there's a potential issue with your tank before it becomes a serious problem.

Vegetation hazards

Some people decide that they want to disguise the area around their septic tank by planting various trees and/or bushes to block it from being seen by anyone in the house. Unfortunately, this can cause more harm than good. Small flowers might be acceptable, but bushes and trees have larger root structures that can damage septic systems. These roots can clog up the drainage field below the surface of the soil and can force their way into the septic lines and the tank itself. If you do want to plant anything near or around your septic tank, stick to shallow-rooted grasses and flowers.

If you're still unsure about septic systems, contact a septic pump service.