Q: What happens if I don’t maintain my septic system on a regular basis?
The short answer is: You don’t want to know, and we hope you never find out!
The longer answer is: Probably nothing at first. But in the long run, neglecting your septic tank is practically begging for very messy, very expensive trouble.
Septic tanks need to be pumped on a regular basis—exactly how often depends on a few factors. Smaller tanks have to be pumped out more often than larger ones, and smaller families need this service less frequently than larger ones. Also, there are laws governing the minimum size of a tank, so be sure yours meets local requirements, and check with a licensed pumper for their recommendation on a pumping schedule.
Septic tank backups can be caused by an overload of solid waste, paper, oil, grease or proteins in the tank—components of the same materials you flush into your system every day. If these components aren’t breaking down properly in your tank—or if the tank is pumped too infrequently—the system can clog and cause a swampy backyard, toilets backing up into your house, and the shutdown of your entire plumbing system. Fixing a problem of that magnitude is extremely disruptive, messy and expensive. But it’s also largely avoidable.
The advanced formula of Drano® Advanced Septic Treatment
introduces enzymes into your system, to aid the bacteria in your tank in breaking down waste faster. So, dropping and flushing a pouch once every month is a great way to help keep your septic system functioning properly. There’s no need to open the treatment pouch—the pouch itself dissolves in water, and it works safely in all tanks and pipes, providing a full month’s treatment for tanks up to 1500 gallons.
Easy, regular maintenance with Drano® Advanced Septic Treatment
along with regular tank pumping by professionals, will help you avoid the aggravation, property damage and expense of a backup in your system.