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Improve Your Septic System’s Health & Functionality in Three Easy Steps

1. Pump out your septic system every three years

Having a small amount of sludge in your septic tank is normal, however, when sludge and soils become excessive and begin to accumulate without the decomposition of bacteria, you may start to notice a backup. This excess material leads to your system not accepting as much water, or worse the sludge getting into the drain field where it can no longer break down. By this time, a blockage is likely to already be forming. If left unaddressed, the blockage can lead to septic system failure. This is something that can be avoided altogether by having a regular maintenance schedule in place, which includes having your septic system pumped every three years by a reputable company like Quality Septic Inc. A thorough cleaning resets your septic system and prevents a buildup of different unpleasant groupings such as grease, toilet paper, feminine products, and anything else that can’t properly degrade inside the tank.

2. Keep your bacteria alive There is such a thing as good bacteria, and it lives in your septic system. Microorganisms help break down sewage and decompose solid waste. These include all different types of bacteria, protozoa, nematodes, and fungi. All of these bacteria strains develop and occur naturally over the time your septic system is in place, working properly. Throwing off its balance can wreak havoc on your system and cause damage. At O'Connor's Plumbing Company in Jacksonville, FL we do not recommend using any chemicals in your toilets, sinks, or drains designed to kill bacteria. The best way to keep your septic system working properly is to have a complete septic system inspection. From there a maintenance schedule may be followed. 3. Be careful of what goes into your system Certain items should never go into your septic system, and this is usually by way of toilets, sinks, and other drains. These items include: • Chemical compounds • Grease and oil • Paper products including paper towels • Feminine napkins • Coffee grounds • Cigarette butts • Hazardous waste All of these materials can lead to bad clogs and interfere with the production of the good bacteria we mentioned above, in your septic system. And what’s more, you do not want to let these types of pollutants, especially chemicals, leach out into local groundwater and waterways due to passing through the drain field. Keep these three important things in mind and avoid major and extensive repairs in the near future. Call your Florida septic experts today Since 2020, O'Connor's Plumbing Company in Jacksonville, FL has provided fast, friendly, reliable, and affordable septic system inspections, repairs, and maintenance in Duval County. Arrange an appointment or get your questions answered by calling us at 904.767.4059 or get in touch with our online contact form.

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