All Clear SepticWherever you live, you will have some form of plumbing, be it a septic system or a town or city-tied system.  Inevitably you will have some kind of problem with it.  Here are some tips and guidelines that will help you take care of the most basic issues yourself without having to call a plumber!  All-Clear Septic & Wastewater Services has put together this info to answer your questions and help you keep your septic system and plumbing working properly.

Before diving into what you should do to keep your septic system healthy, you should know why you need to spend a little time maintaining your system.  Simply following these steps will help prevent some fairly common errors which can lead to very expensive fixes.  Flushing the wrong things down the toilet or using the wrong additives can lead to costly repairs.  One of the biggest reasons to be sure you are keeping an eye on your system is the health of you and the people you live with.  Untreated waste can be dangerous and pose a health threat to people who come in contact with it.  It can also contaminate drinking water sources and groundwater.
Before going any further,  what you need to do is know what kind of system you have, and how to access it.  If you live in an urban area, you most likely have a city or town sewer-tied system.  Although  there is no tank or self-contained system you need to keep an eye on, it is still important to be careful what you put down your toilet and drains,since these systems also need to be maintained by the city to keep our environment healthy.   Be sure you don’t flush things which are not meant to be flushed, and keep harsh chemicals out of the drains. Some chemicals or cleaners may react badly with the pipes and cause premature deterioration which can lead to costly repairs.  If you have a septic system, there are many things you should be aware of to ensure your system is effective and does not contaminate the surrounding environment.  
Stay tuned for our next installment in maintaining your septic system.
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