Most properties in rural areas rely on a septic tank to dispose of household wastewater. A septic tank works by separating liquids from solid waste and then pumping the liquid into the surrounding soil. Solid waste collects at the bottom of the tank and needs to be emptied every one to five years depending on the size of the household. With proper care and maintenance, your septic tank can last up to 30 years before it needs replacing. There are many things you can do to prolong the life of your tank and keep it in perfect working order.
A septic tank needs time to separate solid waste from water. Overloading your tank with too much water will upset the bacteria inside that are responsible for breaking down waste material. It could also lead to the system becoming backed up. Make sure none of the faucets in your home are leaking and that the toilet does not run between flushes. Only use your washing machine and dishwasher when they are completely full, and replace any old kitchen appliances with modern ones that conserve water.