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The Homeowner’s Guide to Septic System Maintenance

The Homeowner’s Guide to Septic System Maintenance

Your home’s septic system is a crucial piece of plumbing.

Your home’s septic system is a crucial piece of plumbing. Without it, you will be in some severe and stinky trouble. Whether you’re a brand new homeowner or you know it’s getting close to that time when you need your septic system checked, it might be time for some maintenance. Here are some helpful septic system maintenance pointers and tips for the next time you decide to do any work on it.

Prevention is Key

There are three “P’s” to remember with your home’s septic tank system. One of the infamous “P’s” is prevention. An excellent way to make sure you follow guidelines of what to flush down and what to rinse down your drain but also be cautious not to waste any water. The key to a proper septic system maintenance checkup is making sure nothing harmful is going down your pipes and drains.

Don’t Flush That Down Your Toilet

If you’re unsure if you can flush your toilet, then you probably shouldn’t. In actuality, the only things that should be flushed down your toilet are human waste and toilet paper. Even “flushable” wet wipes and towelettes should not be flushed if you have a septic system. This can cause a lot of complications, making your septic system maintenance more tricky then it has to be.

Be Cautious with What You Rinse Down Your Home’s Sink

This can be complicated because many of us have garbage disposals, so we might assume it’s alright to put just about down it. The fact of the matter is, some things do not degrade properly. Oil, which many of us use for cooking, is one of those things.

Avoid Overusing and Making More Wastewater

Wastewater begins to gather when you use your dishwasher, laundry machine, and virtually any item connected to your plumbing system. Not only is this an issue when guests come over, but wastewater can also increase and overwhelm the system during harsh weather conditions. This overwhelms your septic system and should be managed when practicing your septic system maintenance at home.

If you have any trouble in conducting your septic system maintenance by yourself, call Alpha Plumbing to have someone come out to give you a hand!


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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