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How to Properly Maintain Your Holding Tank

August 23, 2013

How to Properly Maintain Your Holding Tank


If your home has a holding tank it is not something you want to take for granted. Holding tank problems are some of the absolute worst plumbing issues and include overflowing toilets, sinks backing up into your bathtub and bad odors permeating your home. Luckily, these problems are easily avoided with proper maintenance of your tank.

Simple inspections help to prolong the life of holding tanks as well as avoid potential issues in the future. It will ultimately help to protect your entire septic system if your septic tank remains in good working order. Certified plumbing technicians can provide fast and thorough inspections at an affordable cost. The frequency of this routine maintenance depends a great deal on the type of system you have, your type of holding tank and if you have had issues in the past. Things such as your soil as well as the age of your tank can play a role in the functioning of the system and result in needing more frequent inspections.

Along with routine inspections you should also have your holding tank pumped by a professional every three to five years. How often your tank needs to be pumped depends upon how much water your household uses. If there are more people in your home they will use more water thus your tank will fill up faster, needing to be pumped more often. To avoid more frequent pumping be conscious of your water usage. You should also contact a plumber to quickly and properly repair any leaks. Leaking faucets and running toilets can fill up a holding tank surprisingly fast if ignored. Also be mindful of what you let go down your drains and toilet.

Know where your holding tank is located and only plant grass or other plants with a very shallow root system on top of it. You do not want to play something with large penetrating roots that may puncture your tank. Avoid draining swimming pools, hot tubs and even gutters into the area of your holding tank as well. This water can seep into the system and also contribute to filling it up more rapidly than anticipated. Doing these things with the help of experienced technicians will protect your tank and save you money in the long run.

Need a reliable holding tank in the Taylor area? Call Honeybucket at (512) 309-4609 today!