Septic Tank Maintenance
Use water efficiently
The average indoor water use in a typical single-family home is nearly 70 gallons per individual, per day. Just a single leaky or running toilet can waste as much as 200 gallons of water per day. All of the water a household sends down its pipes winds up in its septic system. The more water a household conserves, the less water enters the septic system. Efficient water use improves the operation of a septic system and reduces the risk of failure. Washing small loads of laundry on your washing machine’s large-load cycle wastes water and energy. By selecting the proper load size, you will reduce water waste. If you are unable to select load size, run only full loads of
laundry. Try to spread washing machine use throughout the week.
Toilets are not trash can's
Your septic system is not a trash can. An easy rule of thumb: Do not flush anything besides human waste and toilet paper. Never flush Cooking grease or oil, Non-flushable wipes, such as baby wipes or other wet wipes, Photographic solutions, Feminine hygiene products, Condoms, Dental floss, Diapers, Cigarette butts, Coffee grounds, Cat litter, Paper towels, Pharmaceuticals, Household chemicals like gasoline, oil, pesticides, antifreeze, and paint or paint thinners.
Think at the sink
Your septic system contains a collection of living organisms that digest and treat household waste. Pouring toxins down your drain can kill these organisms and harm your septic system. Whether you are at the kitchen sink, bathtub, or utility sink: Avoid chemical drain openers for a clogged drain. Instead, use boiling water or a drain snake. Never pour cooking oil or grease down the drain. Never pour oil-based paints, solvents, or large volumes of toxic cleaners down the drain. Even latex paint waste should be minimized. Eliminate or limit the use of garbage disposal. This will significantly reduce the number of fats, grease, and solids that enter your septic tank and
ultimately clog its drain-field.
Maintain your drain-field
Your drain-field—a component of your septic system that removes contaminants from the liquid that emerges from your septic tank—is an important part of your septic system. Here are a few things you should do to maintain it:
*Parking: Never park or drive on your drain-field.
*Planting: Plant trees the appropriate distance from your drain-field to keep roots from growing into your septic system.
*Placing: Keep roof drains, sump pumps, and other rainwater drainage systems away from your drain-field area. Excess water slows down or stops the wastewater treatment process.