If your house or vacation property is located in a rural area, you're likely very familiar with the septic tank. As you likely know first hand, the septic tank can be somewhat difficult to to maintain, especially if you have no idea what you're doing. Here are a few tips that will help you maintain your septic tank properly.

Too Much Water

One thing you should keep in mind while maintaining and using your septic tank is that it cannot handle too much water. If you have too much water in the septic tank for whatever reason, the biological balance within the septic tank may be disturbed. If this occurs, you may end up with a septic tank that simply doesn't work any more. Also, if there is too much water discharged into the system, the septic tank may back up and sewer service may be necessary.

Avoid Excessive Amounts of Household Chemicals

Another thing you should keep in mind is that your septic tank likely won't be able to handle excessive, unnecessary amounts of household chemicals. Of course, you're perfectly find to use a normal amount of household chemicals, such as bleaches, drain cleaners, and detergents. It is also perfectly fine to use chemicals made for the maintenance of the actual septic tank. However, you do not want to be dumping gallons and gallons of the water you used to clean latex paintbrushes and cans into the sewer of your home. 

Indissoluble Materials

Likewise, you also don't want to deposit large amounts of materials that simply don't dissolve or decompose well into your house sewer. Some examples of these items include wet-strength towels, coffee grounds, disposable diapers, cooking fats, cigarette butts, and facial tissues. Over time, these materials will accumulate in the septic system and cause it to become backed up.

For the sake of your septic tank, your family should use a high-quality toilet paper tissue that can be broken up easily by water. If you unsure as to whether your brand of toilet paper tissue meets this criteria, you should place some of the toilet paper tissue in a jar half-filled with water. Shake the few jar a few times and you should find that the tissue paper breaks up rather easily. If the toilet tissue doesn't break up easily, you should look for another brand.