Top Tips for Prolonging the Life of Your Septic Tank/Biocycle:
- Scrape food waste from utensils into compost waste.
- Don’t flush sanitary waste, cotton buds, razors, rags, cloths etc down the toilet.
- Don’t allow harmful chemicals, grease or cooking oil into your septic tank, these can harm the organisms that break down waste.
- Use biodegradable toilet paper, some toilet papers contain plastic binders which do not biodegrade easily.
- To protect the drainage pipes, don’t drive over your percolation area in anything heavier than a lawnmower.
- Desludge regularly, yearly is typical, but this will vary with your system capacity and use.
- Keep records of when your septic tank has been emptied.
- Act immediately if you notice problems with your septic tank.
Septic Tanks and Biocycles can cause homeowners a number of problems arising from a number of causes. However, correct site selection, properly constructed percolation area in accordance with EPA guidelines and regular de-sludging can save a lot of these issues from ever causing problems. Local County Councils recommend homeowners having their Septic Tanks/Biocycles emptied once a year, depending on system capacity and use. However, if you notice a problem with your septic tank, act immediately!