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Avoid These Common Septic System Mistakes

Avoid These Common Septic System Mistakes

Without the right maintenance, your septic system could have a breakdown at the most inconvenient time.

“Out of sight and out of mind” surely doesn’t apply to your home’s septic system. Just because you cannot see it doesn’t mean you can entirely forget about it. Without the right maintenance, your septic system could have a breakdown at the most inconvenient time. Avoid these common mishaps, and your septic system should have an efficient and long life. Read on to learn more!

Paper in Your Septic System

Sure, toilet paper is designed to flush down the toilet. But, in order to protect your system, be very prudent with the quantity of the toilet paper that you use. Toilet paper doesn’t include sanitary napkins, tampons, disposable diapers, or baby wipes. These kinds of items don’t break down sufficiently in the septic tank and could cause some really bad clogs, resulting in potential damage.

Grease in Your Septic System

Do not pour any grease down your sink or pipes leading to the septic system. Grease thickens over time and clogs up pipes, builds up in the septic tank, and then eventually blocks your drain field lines. Get rid of grease in your garbage, not your drains.

Garbage Disposals

For the sake of your home’s septic system, forget you have one. It is way too convenient to scrape all types of things down the disposal that absolutely shouldn’t end up in your septic tank. These include vegetable and fruit peelings and scraps, bits and pieces of meat and bone, as well as grease. These kinds of items do not break down in the natural sphere of your septic tank. Instead, they build up and cause the eventual buildup and blocking of plumbing pipes and possible drain field lines.


Please do not wait until your septic tank system is backing up to decide its time to pump it. Just as your care requires a regular maintenance system to keep it running at peak performance, your septic system needs maintenance on a consistent schedule as well, just not as often as your car. We do recommend pumping your home’s septic tank every five to seven years, depending on how many people live inside your home and how much water is properly used.

For more helpful tips on taking care of your septic system, give the pros at Alpha Plumbing a call!


Alpha Plumbing is a full-service plumbing and contracting company serving the Baltimore and Annapolis metro area with expertise in all aspects of plumbing. We’re family-owned and operated since 1991 from our office in Pasadena. We offer quality plumbing services at reasonable rates in a timely fashion. Our trucks are equipped with GPS systems to ensure we’re prompt and on time. No job is too large or too small! We maintain a fleet of well-stocked trucks and also own and operate our own backhoes for jobs requiring excavation.

For more information and to get a free no-obligation estimate, you can contact us on our website, send us an e-mail, or give us a call at (410) 255-5998.

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