Owning a septic system can feel like a daunting task for a homeowner, especially one that isn’t savvy on the system (which is most homeowners). Septic systems are complicated systems in your home that play a critical role in your home’s overall health. That’s why JT Septic takes great pride in being your Claremore area septic experts. As your septic experts, we’re there for more than just helping with maintenance and repairs. We’re there to answer all of your burning questions too! In this blog, we’ll be taking a look at six septic questions you may be scared/embarrassed to ask.
#1 How often do I need my septic tank pumped?
This is a common question for first-time septic system owners. There’s no reason to feel embarrassed to ask about this because it’s essential information to have. JT Septic and most other septic experts will recommend you get your tank pumped every 2-3 years. However, this is a general suggestion, and more factors should be considered when it’s time to pump. Some other things to consider are the number of occupants and the size of the tank, etc.
#2 Is it okay for me to use a garbage disposal?
The simple answer here is yes. Using your garbage disposal is okay and ultimately shouldn’t affect the health of your septic system. The longer answer is that it matters how you use the garbage disposal. You should be mindful of what goes down the garbage disposal, being sure only to put appropriate food waste down. Some key things to avoid are bones, fats/greases/oils, harsh chemicals, and non-food items. Putting the wrong things down your garbage disposal can lead to issues in your septic system.
#3 How can I work to keep my septic system healthy?
First, if you’re asking this question, you’re the best septic customer! Here at JT Septic, we love involving our customers in the process by educating them on how they can care for their system. We believe education is the best prevention method. To answer the question, a straightforward thing you can do to keep your system healthy is to be mindful. Be mindful of what you’re putting down drains (i.e., harsh chemicals, hair, food items, etc.). Be mindful of the amount of water usage in your home. Be aware of how often you’re getting your septic system maintenance from a professional. All of these things can help you keep your septic system healthy.
#4 Can I plant flowers/bushes on my leach field?
Your leach field is the final stop of the wastewater on its journey through your septic system. The leach field is typically an open plot of land where the wastewater will drain and be released into the soil. So can you plant flowers or shrubbery in this area? We’re going to suggest that you don’t. Having grass cover this area is important because it keeps the pipes insulated in winter. However, flowers and shrubbery can grow roots that are too large. These roots can then break into pipes and cause severe issues in your septic system. Better to be safe rather than sorry.
#5 Does it smell when you come to perform septic service?
It can feel a little silly asking a question like this, but for many first-time septic owners, they’re genuinely curious. The truth is that there can be some odor during the process because the covers are off. While the odor should never be too strong, it’s best to keep any windows located directly near your septic system closed. This will help control the smell and keep it from getting into your home.
#6 Who do I call for a septic emergency?
Dealing with a septic emergency, like a septic back-up into your home, can be scary. It’s best to call a septic expert as soon as you detect an issue. JT Septic offers 24/7 emergency service, so our guys can assist you whenever the problem arises. Our team is highly trained, knowledgeable, and certified. That means we promise to provide superior service even during emergencies. Call (918) 406-5620 for assistance.
We hope it was helpful to hear the answers to some of these septic questions. We’re sure you have more questions, and we encourage you to ask our professionals. You’re welcome to give us a call or ask a technician on their next visit to your home. JT Septic is huge on education, so we encourage you to ask questions and get educated on your septic systems. Call (918) 406-5620 for questions or to schedule your next septic appointment!