Have you recently installed a septic system or purchased a house with a septic system? It may seem overwhelming at first if you’ve never dealt with one before, but once you’ve learned a few things, they are relatively low maintenance and easy to deal with. Here are some tips for first-time septic system owners.
Watch What You Flush
The only things you should be flushing down your toilet is natural waste and toilet paper. Anything else can damage or clog your system. This may seem like common sense, but if you’ve lived in a house or apartment connected to a city sewer system, you may not realize how sensitive a septic system can be. Feminine products, “flushable” wipes and anything heavier than toilet paper should all be thrown away in the garbage instead of flushed down the toilet.
No Garbage Disposals
If you’ve moved into a house with a septic system, there is most likely no garbage disposal in your kitchen sink. If there is, don’t use it. Garbage disposals allow solid food waste to enter your septic system, which can eventually lead to serious problems. If you’re used to having a garbage disposal, try starting a compost pile in your yard. This is an easy way to help the environment and save time and money.
Easy on the Water Usage
An excessive amount of water use puts a strain on your septic system, cutting down on its overall life. Implementing water saving strategies will ensure that your septic system lasts for years to come with fewer repairs and less maintenance. As well as cutting down on your water usage, you should try to avoid using different sources of water at the same time. For example, try not to run your washing machine and dishwasher at the same time.
Using these easy tips will ensure your septic system will run smoothly and efficiently for years to come.