3 Habits That Could Cause Your Septic Tank To Fill Faster

Posted on: 10 November 2022

All septic tanks will need to be pumped from time to time to prevent them from overflowing. However, some tanks will need to be pumped far more frequently than others. While there are a variety of factors that contribute to how often your septic tank requires pumping, you may be shocked to find out that a few of your habits could be to blame for how quickly your tank fills up. Below you can learn more about three habits that could be causing your tank to fill faster. 

#1: The Use Of Antibacterial Products 

While it is only natural to want to eliminate germs and bacteria from your home and body, bacteria are a very important part of how your septic system works. Unfortunately, many of the same products that you use to remove bacteria inside your home can also kill the bacteria inside your septic tank if they are washed down the drain. This can result in the build-up of solid waste inside your tank since there are not enough bacteria present to break it down. This can be avoided by strictly limiting the use of antibacterial products inside your home or by using a bacterial additive in your septic system to replace any bacteria that these products kill off.

#2: Allowing Water To Run While Completing Daily Tasks

Just because you do not see a water bill each month when using a private water system does not mean that you can simply allow water to waste down the drain while you complete daily tasks such as brushing your teeth. While much of this water will eventually be let out of your septic tank into your drain field, it will need to go through a rather extensive process first to ensure no solid waste is released along with it. If you are using an excessive amount of water each day, this can lead to your septic tank filling up much faster than usual. Simply turning off your faucet when you are not actively using the water will eliminate this issue and ultimately minimize the frequency with which your septic tank needs to be pumped.

#3: Flushing Items That Do Not Breakdown In Your Tank

Items such as baby wipes and feminine products will not break down inside your septic tank even if they are allowed to sit in there for an extended period. Choosing to flush these products down your toilet will result in your tank filling up much faster than usual. To reduce the frequency of your septic pumping, you will want to make sure that nothing is flushed down your toilet other than human waste and septic-safe toilet paper. 

To learn more, contact a company like C & W-Hanover Septic Tank Service.