Things to know about Your Septic System

July 30, 2019 8:49 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Living the country life is a lot of fun—and a lot of hard work. If your home isn’t connected to the municipal sewer system, you likely depend on a septic system to handle your home’s wastewater needs. While most modern septic systems are fairly safe, easy to use and relatively self-contained, they still need a bit more attention than you might expect if you’ve never lived on a property with its own septic system in the past. 

The best way to ensure that you’re caring for your septic system correctly is to work with an expert. Countryside Construction specializes in septic system inspections in Canyon Lake and surrounding areas, to come and examine your system. They’ll be able to help you determine the best course of action regarding maintenance and repair for your home’s septic system. 

The State of Texas Mandates and many Counties require septic system maintenance plans. 

In the meantime, there are plenty of things you can do to reduce the strain on your septic system and help it operate smoothly and effectively, including the following actions: 

Only flush what you’re supposed to: There are plenty of things that you may be tempted to flush down the toilet that could wreak havoc on your septic tank. Avoid flushing dead fish, paper towels, cotton balls, diapers,baby or sanitizing wipes, condoms and other foreign objects down your toilet and drain. Only use toilet paper in the bathroom. 

Do laundry carefully: If your drain field is looking a little soapy, chances are you’re using too much soap and detergent while doing the laundry. Only use the manufacturer-recommended amount of laundry soap when cleaning your clothes, and 

consider switching to a less aggressive foaming agent. 

Read the grass: You can learn a lot about the status of your home’s septic system simply by checking the grass between your home and your drain field. If there’s a line of yellow grass, it could indicate leaky pipes. If the grass is splotchy and brown, there could be other issues at play. And if the grass over the drain field is looking overly lush, this could also be a sign of a leak. 

Never dump grease: If you’re wrapping up breakfast and find yourself with a large griddle full of butter and bacon fat, don’t dump it down the drain. Instead, let it cool down and scrape it off into the garbage can. As grease and fats cool, they harden, forming blockages in your pipes and your septic system. 

Call when you suspect a problem: Anytime you think something may be wrong with your home or business septic system, don’t try and figure it out on your own. Instead, call the technicians at Countryside Construction specialize in septic system inspections in the Foothills of Texas and can accurately diagnose the problem. 

Since 1981, Countryside Construction Inc. has been a proud and trusted provider of septic system installation & maintenance in Comal, Bandara, Bexar, Blanco, Guadalupe, Hays, Kendall and Medina Counties. 

To learn about the ways we can help you control and care for your home’s wastewater management system, reach out to one of our friendly and knowledgeable representatives at Countryside Construction, Inc.

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