How To Maintain Your Septic System

The process of maintaining a septic system is neither complicated nor expensive. This system should be maintained to avoid problems. These steps will ensure that your septic system is working properly.

Inspecting the Septic system and pumping frequently

A septic system should be inspected after ever three years. This should be done by a qualified septic service professional. The septic tanks should also be pumped after a period of three years. The other alternative systems including the pump, electrical float switches, and mechanical components are inspected more often preferably once in a year. Most of the alternative systems are comprised of mechanized parts. Factors affecting the frequency of pumping include the size of the septic tank, household size, volume of solids contained in the waste water and the total waste-water generated.

Using the water efficiently

On average, a single family uses about 70 gallons of water on daily basis. However, a single running toilet or a leaky toilet can waste about 200 gallons of water on a daily basis, which is almost three times as that used by a single family. The entire water used in a household ends up in the septic system. You should conserve more water to reduce the amount of water entering your septic system. This will helps in improving the efficiency and operation of the septic system by reducing the risks of failure.

Below are some of the simple ways which will help you in saving water in your home

Washing machines

A lot of water can be wasted by washing small loads in the washing machine. You should select an appropriate size of the load to reduce the wastage of energy and water. Alternatively, you can run your machine when you have a full load. However, you are advised to spread the use of the washing machine throughout the week since the septic tank requires enough time when treating the waste.

High-efficiency toilets

On average, a toilet uses about 25-30 percent of the water used in the house. Most of the old homes had a reservoir with a capacity of 3.5-5 gallons. The modern homes are equipped with high-efficiency toilets which have a capacity of 1.6 liters per flush. You should make an effort of replacing your toilets with the high-efficiency models to reduce the amount of water consumed in your house. This will, in turn, reduce the amount of water entering the septic system.

High-efficiency showerheads and faucet aerators

You should install high-efficiency showerheads, faucet aerators as well as shower flow restrictors. These devices will help in reducing the amount of water used and the volume of wastewater entering the septic tank.

 

Disposing of the waste properly

You should avoid using your septic system as a trash can. Anything besides toilet paper and human waste should not be flushed. The following items should be disposed carefully instead of flushing them. These wastes include diapers, coffee butts, feminine hygiene products, flushable wipes, cooking oil or grease, coffee grounds, cat litter, pharmaceuticals and paper towels.