What Can You Do to Protect Your Septic System?
Currently, over 20 percent of U.S. households depend on septic systems to treat their household wastewater. If your household is one of them, you should take the necessary steps to ensure that your septic system remains in tip-top shape at all times. If you don’t, you may wind up with a disaster on your hands — and no one wants that.
Here are a couple of things that you can do to protect your septic system.
Service Your Septic System Regularly
Regular septic pumping is essential to keep the septic tank empty and operational.
Inside your septic tank, the heaviest substances will settle to the tank’s bottom, creating a layer of sludge. If this builds up too high — into the lateral field where it clogs the lateral field pipes — liquids inside the tank are unable to flow in and out of the pipes to absorb into the soil, which creates a nasty, smelly mess in your yard due to an overloaded septic tank.
A septic tank professional can work with you to decide how frequently your tank needs pumping. Factors that will influence the pumping frequency include the size of your household, the size of your septic tank, the volume of solids in the wastewater, and the total wastewater that the household generates.
The Florida Department of Health recommends that homeowners pump out their septic tanks at least every four or five years, as this will help minimize the buildup of sludge in the tank. However, please note that a larger family with more wastewater going into the tank could require more frequent pumping, while a single person or a couple could require less frequent pumping.
Minimize Household Water Usage
When you have a septic system, the water that you use in your home goes first down your home drains and then into the septic tank. So, the more water that you and your family can save, the less water that your septic system has to deal with. Moreover, if you can start minimizing water usage inside the home, you can improve your septic tanks’ performance and reduce the overall risk that your septic system will fail on you.
What steps can your household take to minimize water usage? Start with simple things like turning off the faucet when brushing your teeth, which can save as many as eight gallons of water a day. You can also take more showers instead of baths because filling a bathtub takes as many as 70 gallons, while a shower uses between 10 and 25 gallons.
Check and see if you have any plumbing leaks that you haven’t fixed. A toilet leak could waste as much as 200 gallons of water per day.
You should also consider installing water-efficient plumbing products throughout the home, including toilets, showerheads, faucets, and more. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, a water-efficient toilet uses 20 percent less water, while water-efficient faucets reduce water usage by 30 percent or more.
When you use the dishwasher or washer, make sure that you wash full loads. Don’t forget to also select the appropriate load size to reduce water waste. When washing clothes, don’t do all of your laundry in one day — spread it out throughout the week so you don’t overload the septic system and drain field.
When you take care of your septic system, you don’t have to worry about your septic system backing up into your home or your drain field becoming a foul, muddy mess. If your tank hasn’t received a professional pumping in the last few years, contact Rob’s Septic Tanks, Inc., to schedule an inspection and a pumping. Let us ensure you have no unexpected mishaps in your future.