What you do in your home has a direct impact on your septic system. What you put down your drains and how you use water in your home impacts how your septic system works.
Use Your Toilet for Its Intended Purpose
You should only use your toilet for its intended purpose. You should only allow human waste and toilet paper down your toilet. There are numerous items that you should never flush down your toilet, including diapers, disposable wipes, condoms, cotton swabs, cigarette butts, Kleenex, hair, feminine hygiene products, paper towels, and napkins. Although these products may be made out of paper or cotton, they are not designed to break down effectively in your septic tank, and you should keep them out of your toilet and septic system. These items can clog up your septic tank and lead to septic system failure.
Avoid Adding Additives to Your System
You should not put additives in your septic system. Your septic system depends upon natural bacteria to break down the waste that goes into it. There are enough natural bacteria in human feces for your septic system without you adding any extra. Adding too many extra additives can actually damage the balance within your septic system.
Be Careful What You Put Down the Drain
You should also be careful what you let go down your drain. Switch to natural cleaners for your sink and shower so you are not putting chemicals into your septic system. In your kitchen, try to put grease, fats, oils, and food into a compost or trash can, and not down your sink. Food, grease, fats, and oils do not decompose well inside of your septic tank.
Avoid Your Garbage Disposal
If you have a garbage disposal, avoid using it as much as possible. Just because you have a garbage disposal doesn't mean that you should put food particles in your septic tank. Food particles will still have a hard time breaking down inside of your garbage disposal. Only use your garbage disposal when necessary, and realize that using your garbage disposal will increase how frequently you need to pump your tank.
Finally, make sure that you conserve water. Waste and water are filtered into your septic tank at the same time; over time, the water goes into your drainage field and the waste breaks down in your septic tank until it is pumped out.
Your septic tank can only handle so much water at the time, so try not to fold your septic tank by washing dishes, running the washer, and taking a shower all at once.
If you manage your household and what you put down your drains, your septic system should not encounter any issues and need tank removal.Share