What is an Aerobic Septic System? This is a very frequent question when you are moving from city living to country living. Face it- living in the city or even main suburb areas most of us give little thought to the ‘mechanics’ of how our business gets taken away from our homes- and we like it that way. The less we know the better!
This changes when you desire to move outside of the city proper and start looking at areas with the 1acre plus lots or total country living. A phrase you may not be familiar with keeps being discussed ‘aerobic septic system’. Now simply put- this is the business end of your business. The days of not caring what happens when you flush are over with- ok- not really, but you do have to pay attention to a few housekeeping items IF you truly want to have carefree country living.
Living in the country does not have to mean your yard smells country!
Here are a few tips to keep everything as it should be:
Do use the Wastewater Disinfection system that is meant for your system- in most cases that will mean adding chlorine tablets once a month- there are varying guidelines based on your family’s usage- so get familiar with the Plumbing Dept at your local Home Improvement store.
Have your septic system inspected on a regular basis AND have it pumped regularly. The service provider you choose should be able to give you some guidelines on the first visit and a date or two to mark on the calendar by which, under normal use, you should schedule your next service/pumping.
Keep a detailed record of the service AND any repairs you have done to the system- this should include inspections and maintenance. IF you ever decide to sell your home this information will be very important to potential buyers.
Be familiar with your septic system and know where it is located within your property.
Learn ways to conserve water and put less stress on your system- ideas such as spreading laundry out over the week, rather than doing eveything in a marathon session, are good ideas- for example.
Be sure to mow around the septic lids and keep them accessible- for some reason ant colonies often take up residence in these areas- be kind to your service provider and treat the ant hills promptly to allow him/her to provide the service as needed.
And of course- DON”T use your sinks, drains, toilets to dispose of non-degradeables such as kitty litter, sanitary napkins, coffeee grounds, fats, grease, oils, paints, paint thinners, pesticides, antifreeze etc…If in doubt- DON”T do it!
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