Your septic system may be a forgotten part of your home, but maintenance and attention is crucial if you want to avoid problems and costly repairs. It is not difficult to do a few things to make sure that the septic system keeps working properly; here are three things you can do to avoid problems.

Use Baking Soda and Vinegar to Clean

The cleaners you use for your tubs, sinks and toilets can have an effect on the health of your septic system. A baking soda and vinegar solution can be a great way to clean effectively and naturally without disrupting the natural bacteria makeup of your septic system. Why is that important? You may not know this, but some bacteria in your septic tank is "good" bacteria that works to break down the waste that is put down all the drains and pipes. Without that bacteria, it is easier for clogs to develop.

To use vinegar and baking soda, simply mix the two in a spray bottle. Use about twice as much vinegar, or as much is necessary to have a mostly liquid solution that you can spray. This solution is also nontoxic, so there are no dangerous fumes and you don't have to worry about spraying it near small children and animals.

Avoid Using the Garbage Disposal Often

You may think that your garbage disposal is not having any effect on your septic system, but everything going down your garbage disposal is going right into your septic system and can cause an overload on the system. This is especially the case during holidays or other days when you make big meals and have a lot of waste. 

Instead of using the garbage disposal, you can use a composting can to dump all the waste that shouldn't be going down the drain. If you put waste into the can instead of your garbage disposal, you can save your septic system and make a nice compost for your garden at the same time.

Have an Effluent Filter Installed

You should be having your septic tank pumped regularly, but it is a good idea to make sure that your contractor also installs an effluent filter on the tank's exit baffle. This filter can be a great way to prevent solids in your drain field, and you will be less likely to run into septic problems as a result.

Using the information in this article will help you avoid problems with your septic system. If you have trouble anyway, get in touch with an experienced septic tank service, like Suc N Up Inc, that can help you get your system in good shape again.