Septic 101: A Guide For Homeowners

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Avoiding Issues With Your Commercial Septic Tank

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Neglecting your business's septic tank can pose health hazards to you and your community and require major repairs. Proper maintenance can significantly reduce your business's risk of encountering serious problems with its septic tank.

Regular Pumping and Inspection

One of the most crucial things you can do to maintain your septic tank is to have it regularly pumped and inspected by a licensed professional. The pumping process removes the solid waste and residue from these tanks. Once the tank is cleaned, an inspection can be done to assess the tank's structural integrity. Generally, commercial septic tanks need to undergo this maintenance more frequently. Therefore, your business may need to be pumped every few years to keep the risk of a septic system failure low. Using biodegradable toilet paper and other flushable products can slow the accumulation of solid waste in your tank.

Using Septic-Safe Cleaning Products 

Using septic-safe cleaning products is another way to maintain your system. Harsh chemicals like bleach and drain cleaners will eventually find their way into your septic tank. This can kill the beneficial bacteria in your septic tank that help to break down waste. Fortunately, there are commercial-grade cleaning products that are suitable for use with septic tanks. These products allow you to keep your business clean without putting your septic system at risk.

Reduce Demand on the Septic Tank

If you own a business with a septic system, it's critical to train your employees on proper use and maintenance. Proper water conservation is a vital aspect of employee training. Excess water can overload the septic system, causing backups and other issues. Encourage employees to conserve water by turning off faucets when not in use and reporting leaks. Furthermore, your business may find water-efficient plumbing fixtures that make it easier to reduce the demand on the septic tank. Installing these fixtures can require an investment in your business, but it can lower water costs and reduce septic pumping expenses.

Grease Trap Maintenance

If your business has a commercial kitchen, you likely have a grease trap that prevents fats, oils, and grease from entering the septic system. These traps require regular maintenance and cleaning to prevent clogs and backups.

Grease traps should be cleaned regularly, depending on the size of the trap and the amount of use it gets. Regular cleaning helps to prevent grease from building up and seeping out of the trap. Once this occurs, the grease could find its way to the septic tank, where it may rapidly cause clogs to form. 

Contact a local commercial septic tank pumping service to learn more.