Also referred to as septic systems, wastewater systems are the most overlooked components of any residential property, even though they are the most important functional elements of any home. Although most homeowners in the United States have septic systems, very few know where their septic tanks are located.
Furthermore, very few homeowners know how to take care of their wastewater systems to keep them running smoothly for a long time. Research shows that most homeowners have neglected their septic systems. Proper care and periodic maintenance of your wastewater system will improve its efficiency and extend its longevity. Here are the steps you should take to keep your septic system working properly.
Use Water Efficiently
To avoid straining your septic system, you need to learn to use your water efficiently. Remember that all of the water you use in your house ends up in the septic system. Too much wastewater puts excess pressure on the septic system and can end up jeopardizing its effectiveness. Here are some useful tips to help you improve your water efficiency:
- Use high-efficiency toilets and showerheads.
- Use faucet aerators to reduce your home’s water consumption
- If your washing machine doesn’t have the option of a short cycle or small load size, wait until you have a full load of laundry before you run the machine
- Don’t wash everything in one day because the wastewater will put excess pressure on your system
Your Toilet Is Not a Trash Can
Flushing every kind of waste down the toilet is harmful to your wastewater system. The only waste that should go through your toilet is human waste and toilet paper. So, avoid flushing things like diapers, cigarette butts, paper towels, cat litter, personal hygiene items, and other items that are likely to clog your septic system.
Fix Leaky Faucets and Toilets
A leaky faucet or a running toilet can waste many gallons of water within a concise time. This water ends up in your septic system. So, make sure there are no leaky faucets and running toilets in your house.
Avoid Toxic Chemicals
Don’t flush or pour toxic chemicals down the drain. Things like gasoline, paint thinners, antifreeze, oils, pesticides, solvents, and other harmful chemicals will kill the useful bacteria in your septic system, making it ineffective.
Check Your Landscaping
Do not let trees grow near the septic system because their roots damage the septic tank’s drain pipes and septic tank. Trees with aggressive roots should be at least 30 meters away from the system.
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