Maintenance Tips For Building Owners With Large-Capacity Septic Systems
If your business is moving to a commercial building that uses a large-capacity septic system to dispose of wastewater, then following these maintenance tips will keep it healthy and flowing freely.
Maintenance Tip: Supply the Building's Bathrooms with Only Septic-Safe Paper Products
Since your customers and employees are likely to flush down the toilet any paper items they find in the bathroom, it is advisable to stock only items that are septic-safe. While you might have considered the need for septic-safe toilet paper and toilet seat covers, you also need to purchase septic-safe paper towels. This will ensure that when people flush them down the toilets, the towels will still break down properly and won't clog the system.
Maintenance Tip: Install "Please Don't Flush" Signs
Most visitors to your building won't know you use a septic system and may flush inappropriate items down the toilet such as feminine products or baby wipes without knowing they are inadvertently causing damage. The best way to discourage this behavior is to post "Please Don't Flush These Items" signs above each toilet. These signs are inexpensive and act as a gentle reminder to everyone.
Maintenance Tip: Make a Company Policy Against Dumping Any Liquids Other than Water Down Drains
Large-scale commercial septic systems are similar to residential systems in that they are designed to handle only wastewater and human waste products. They are not designed to handle processing grease, oils, or chemicals of any type.
For this reason, it is important you make it a company policy that no one dumps anything else down the drain other than things appropriate for the bathroom sinks and toilets. Make sure to also remind staff that floor drains also go into the system and are not immune to this rule.
Maintenance Tip: Proactively Pump and Inspect Your Building's Tank Regularly
Since the septic system's components are all located underground, it is impossible to know when a problem may be starting. To prevent expensive damage from unknown septic system problems and to prevent embarrassing clogs and back-flooding, it is important to regularly have the system's tanks pumped and inspected by a septic tank repairs service.
Once the service has pumped out the tanks, they will inspect each one for damage as well as test the leach lines to ensure they are flowing well. If anything is amiss, it can be easily fixed while everything is clean. If the system looks good, then they will put the lids back on, and you are back in business.