If your property isn’t connected to the city’s water and sewer system, your septic system is essential since it processes all of your home’s wastewater, including water from the bathrooms, kitchen, and laundry room.
Know Your Septic System
Maintaining your septic tank properly begins with understanding how it works, what type of system it has, and where it is located. Since septic system installation requires a permit under state law, your county or municipality should keep a record of the license as well as a plan showing the tank’s layout and location. Visual evidence, such as sewage covers, or the direction the sewer pipe, which is placed in the basement, goes out of the home, may be found.
Keep Your Toilets Clutter-Free
Tissues, diapers, feminine items, hair, and dental floss are prohibited. A septic tank is designed for the decomposition of toilet paper. Any additional goods aren’t allowed; they’ll clog your septic system and cause harm. Look for toilet paper that is septic-friendly. Some of the more luxurious, high-priced ones with lotions and additional plys may clog your system or introduce undesired substances.
Distribute Your Laundry
You may believe that setting out a day to wash all your clothing would save you time. However, it puts a great deal of strain on your septic system. If you don’t allow your septic system enough time to process the wastewater, it will overflow and flood your drain field. Instead, wash a full load of laundry a couple of times a week to avoid wasting water.
Upkeep the Kitchen Sink Drain
We throw a lot of stuff down the kitchen sink that may harm a septic system. Coffee grinds, eggshells, medicine, produce tags, flour, and other items should never be washed down the sink drain. All of these things may clog pipes and obstruct screens.
When using trash disposal with a septic tank, the ground-up food particles contribute to the solids layer that forms on the tank’s bottom. That’s why homeowners must make sure they’re only putting biodegradable food down their trash disposal.
Reduce Your Use of Cleaning Chemicals
Homeowners’ various cleaning agents may harm the beneficial bacteria in a septic system. When washing garments, avoid using chemicals like bleach. Only use a little quantity if necessary. Do not use drain cleaners since they might harm the tank and destroy the healthy bacteria. If a plunger doesn’t work, use a toilet drain snake, which may also be used to unclog blocked kitchen and bathroom sinks.
Toilet bowl cleaners, which often include bleach, are also harmful to your septic system. Thankfully, Bio-Sol has a variety of natural or plant-based cleaning products to replace these harsh chemicals. Antibacterial soaps and disinfectants containing quaternary ammonia should also be avoided.
Keep Your Drainfield Safe
As previously said, proper drain field maintenance begins with careful monitoring of water consumption and what goes into your septic system. Never park or drive on top of your drain field. Ensure that gutters and sump pumps divert water away from the drain field. Avoid growing trees and plants near drain fields because their roots might clog pipes.
- About the Author
Alex Grigoryan is a Professional Home Improvement and Lifestyle Writer. He has been in the industry for over 6 years and has been writing for Chique Home Living since 2019. His work has been featured in prestigious blogs such as Spruce Home, Better Homes & Garden, and more.