How Do You Ask Tenants To Take Care Of The Septic Tank?

27 February 2018
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A large number of people in the U.S. are not connected to a sewerage system. This means that they'll have to rely on septic tanks. As the landlord, the health of the septic system is very important to you. If anything goes wrong, you'll have to put up with calls from disgruntled tenants and possible damage to your property. To make things worse, you may have to pay to cover the repairs of anything damaged. A good approach to this situation is to let your tenants know how to care for the system and when to get things like toilet repair.

What Should Go Down the Drain

You may be shocked by the sort of things people will throw down the drain. Grease, left-over food, baby wipes and anything that isn't human waste or water shouldn't be sent down the drain. These types of waste can have a number of undesirable effects on the drains and/or septic system including causing blockages and interfering with the useful bacteria in the septic tank.

Ensure Tenants Know about Septic-Safe Cleaners

Septic tanks rely on certain bacteria to break down the solid waste that is flushed into the system. Unfortunately, there are many cleaning products used in many households that can harm these bacteria which can affect the efficiency of waste break down. Ammonia, bleach, laundry detergent, drain cleaners and dishwasher detergents are all examples of cleaners that can harm these bacteria. These cleaners should be used in minimal quantities or replaced with septic-safe alternatives.

Usage Limit

Any septic system will have a maximum capacity that it can handle within a given time. Ensure your tenants understand that the system may not be able to handle a toilet being flushed a hundred times on a single day (as might be the case when there's a party).

Reporting any Issues Immediately

When tenants wait until later to let you know that something is wrong with the septic or drainage system, a lot of damage might be done before then. Overflowing drains and septic tanks can damage your building walls and floors and even the lawn. Ensure your tenants know to call the moment something goes wrong. Have a toilet repair service in mind so that you don't waste time looking for qualified contractors while your rental's plumbing system continues to cause damage.

One aspect of septic tank care that you shouldn't leave to your tenants is pumping the septic tank. This is an operation that is much too sensitive to trust to anyone else but yourself and a professional septic tank service provider. This will be required around once every three years in many cases.