How to Prevent Septic Backups

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Our team at Tampa Bay Septic has extensive experience in the septic industry, and we have dealt with virtually any septic problem you can imagine. One of the most common problems we deal with, though, is septic backups, and while this issue is relatively minor compared to some of the things we’ve seen, it’s still annoying and gross and definitely something you’ll want to avoid. In this article, our experts will go over a few tips on how to prevent septic backups.

How to Prevent Septic Backups

  • Flush with Care- One of the most common contributors to a septic backup is flushing items down the toilet that are not meant to be flushed. Things like menstrual products and paper towels are not designed to go into your septic system, and they can seriously mess up its workings. There’s also no such thing as a flushable wipe, no matter what the manufacturers claim, so don’t flush them.
  • Pay Attention to Your Kitchen Sink- Similarly, not all kitchen scraps are meant to go down the drain, so putting the wrong things down your drain can cause your septic system to back up, which can affect your toilets as well as your sinks. For example, the turkey grease and giblets from your Sunday dinner should go in the trash, not down your drain.
  • Pump Pre-Emptively- A third tip for preventing septic backups is to take steps to prepare your system for more frequent usage. In other words, if you are planning on having guests stay with you, it’s a good idea to have your tank pumped at least a week ahead of time so that the increased toilet flushes don’t overload the system.

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