How Often Should I Empty My Septic Tank?
Have you found yourself asking, “how often should I empty my septic tank?” Then this latest post was written specifically for you. Here at euroloo, we not only specialise in portable toilets, we also provide septic tank emptying nationwide. We know only too well the stress and worry a septic tank can cause and while everyone would love a definitive answer, we just can’t give one. We can however offer you advice and guidance on specific factors you need to consider. All of these factors we’re about to explain, will affect the rate your tank fills up. Keeping these factors in mind will give you the best way to determine how often you should clear your septic tank.
How many live in your home?
Your septic tank will be sized according to the size of your home and the amount of people living in it. Typically speaking a two-bedroom home would have a septic tank ready to handle waste from two or three people. A home double the size would have a septic tank ready to handle waste from double the amount of people. If you happen to have a home with more than the expected amount of people living in it, then you’ll need to have your tank emptied more often; this could mean every year or in some cases, more often.
Do you flush the right things?
When it comes to your tank, there’s one basic rule of thumb. You should only flush the three P’s down the toilet and they are pee, poo and paper. Absolutely nothing else should be going into your septic tank. Flushing items like wet wipes will only lead to a much faster build up. You’ll also find in some cases, certain products won’t break down like toilet paper. This could in turn lead to blockages and nasty repair bills for your waste tank.
Do you avoid harsh cleaners?
While a splash of bleach here and there, once in a while won’t do your septic tank much harm, over-use of chemical heavy products will. Heavy use of chemicals will kill off some of the bacteria in your septic tank, subsequently causing it to fill far quicker than normal. Drain cleaners are perhaps one of the worst culprits. Even just a teaspoon could drastically reduce the amount of bacteria in your septic tank. If you’d like to increase the time between empties than we strongly advise avoiding these products and opting instead for more natural products. You’ll find these in abundance on supermarket shelves for around the same prices as other chemical based products.
Consider these factors on a day to day basis and you’ll find your cesspit able to enjoy a longer period between empties. Here at euroloo, we offer a fantastic annual tank emptying deal. This will ensure your septic tank is in great condition each and every year. If you still have questions or would like your septic tank to be checked and evaluated fully, simply contact us today.