Drainpipe & Septic Treatment

A septic tank is a typically large container that is placed underground, used for the very purpose of treating the wastewater of the household. There are four elements included in maintaining the drain pipe area; read on to learn more about these elements and adequate septic tank treatment.

How to maintain your drainpipe and septic tank?


Maintenance of a septic system is not as complicated as it seems, and it doesn't necessarily have to be expensive either. The process of upkeep consists of four key factors:

Tank Inspection

Inspect and pump frequently

Technically, a typical household's septic system should be inspected at least every three years, specifically by a septic service professional. Generally, household septic tank treatment is done every three to five years. Make sure you inspect your alternative systems with electrical float switches, pumps, or mechanical components at least once a year.

There are four major factors that influence the frequency of septic pumping in your home:

  • The size of your home
  • The size of your septic tank
  • The amount of solids present in the waste water
  • The amount of waste water generated in your home

Inspect your home's septic tank; call your most reliable professionals from Home Mechanics, who will look at the sludge and scum layers while also inspecting for leaks. The records from the inspection may be needed for reference in the future, and the experts can tell you if cleaning is necessary right now. However, keeping track of the sludge and scum layers inside your septic tank yourself is always recommended.

Use water efficiently

Another significant element that affects maintaining the septic tank is using water efficiently throughout your home. On average, humans use about 70 gallons of water every day. The water we use within the household will travel through the pipes and then reach the septic tank. And then your septic tank will run more efficiently by appropriately conserving water, ultimately reducing the possibility of a septic tank malfunction. The leaks around the house can actually waste too much water. And to add to that, a leaking toilet alone is responsible for wasting up to 200 gallons of water every day.

Water Treatment Services

There are three common areas where water is used extensively throughout the home: washing machines, shower heads, and toilets. These are the systems that help conserve a substantial amount of water with the help of these systems. Try to wash laundry in smaller loads when using a washing machine; this effectively reduces water wastage. Experts recommend that instead of piling up the entire week's laundry work, you must spread the load throughout the week; even septic tanks need some time to treat water. Doing the piled-up laundry in a single day can flood the drain field, causing it to be damaged.

When making choices about water faucets or showers in your home, make sure you choose a high-efficiency shower head with a flow restrictor that has total control over not wasting too much water. And to stop that, even high-efficiency toilets are available to try. The advanced technology also makes it possible with the bathrooms; these are the modern toilets that use around 1.5 gallons of water each time you flush.

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Dispose of the waste accurately

Disposing of waste more responsibly can save you a lot of extra work. It has a lot of effect on the condition of a septic tank; choose carefully what you throw down the drain. Wastage, whether you flush it down the toilet, grind it in the trash disposal, or just directly pour it down the sink, or your shower or bath drain, ends up in your septic tank.

The septic tank will not treat the wastewater effectively because of improper waste disposal. Although there are some obvious things, you shouldn't be flushing them down there because toilets aren't trash cans. We have curated a list of items that block your drain terribly, and hence they should never be put down through the drain:

  • Cigarette butts
  • Dental floss
  • Coffee grounds
  • Baby wipes
  • Paper towels
  • Diapers
  • Cat litter
  • Cooking oil or grease

And more such household chemicals, including paint, oil, antifreeze, and gasoline.

It's also crucial to be mindful of what you pour down your sink; various living organisms live within your septic tank that help treat household waste. These organisms get killed when you pour any toxins down the drain, resulting in the worsening condition and efficacy of your septic system. Here’s what you should avoid pouring down the sink at all costs.

  • Oil-based paints or solvents
  • Fats
  • Solids
  • Grease
  • Chemical drain openers
  • Garbage

Maintain your Drainfield

The drain field is that facet of your septic tank that is designed to remove a vast variety of contaminants from the water that gets through the septic tank. This actually stands to be the most crucial function of a septic tank since it corroborates that the water is adequately filtered. There are specific measures you can take to maintain the drain-field area properly. For example, avoid driving or parking on your drain field. If you ever plan to plant trees around your home, make sure to plant them at a sufficient distance away from the drain field. Or else, the roots of the trees are likely to grow directly into the septic system, which eventually means more repairs and septic tank treatment will become even more expensive.

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Similarly, ensure that even other components throughout and around your home are all installed properly and the right way in the right areas. All the drainage systems, sump pumps, and road drains must be placed away from the drain field area. The wastewater treatment process could be slowed down or completely stopped if an excess of water builds up within the drain field.

With these tips and tactics in mind, you should be able to keep your septic tank system in good working condition. However, every now and then, you will need pipe repairs and maintenance; fret not, for you have to look no further, as the best septic tank treatment is just around the corner. The team of experts at Home Mechanics knows precisely how to handle your septic tanks; give us a call right away!

What difference do periodic home septic tank maintenance and cleaning make?


Septic tank treatment only changes things for the better; it is as basic and essential as any other household treatment. Just like them, even septic treatment is less expensive, simple, and an easier way out than choosing a replacement. Make this an essential piece of your regular home-ownership schedule. Just like you get your roof's stability checked now and then, clean up your gutters, dryer vents, and drainpipes to maintain a good home's exterior and interior aesthetic with proper care and cleaning; this is covered in septic tank treatment.

With Regular septic tank cleaning, you eliminate the risk


Any household maintenance, if not done properly, can cause severe damage, and the same happens in the case of the septic tank if it's not cleaned, pumped, or adequately maintained.

Experts at Home Mechanics recommend preventative treatment as a way to avoid drainpipe clogs or even complete septic failure. If you haven’t followed a yearly maintenance schedule, keeping an eye on any irregularities in your drainage will be important to catch clogs early. If you see these things happening in your plumbing system, make sure to avoid DIY chemical drain cleaners and give our team a call.

Whether it's a new water heater or basic plumbing repairs and maintenance. Home Mechanics' expert plumbing team is available 24/7 to assist you.

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