Septic maintenance is not complicated, but it is really important for the overall health of your septic system. The last thing you want is to have issues with your septic system. The best way to prevent breakdowns and costly repairs is with septic maintenance. Three tips to help you keep up on your septic maintenance are:
1. Water Use – Every drop of water that goes down a drain in your home ends up in your septic system. To extend the life and health of your septic system, it is important to not overuse water. Some tips for limiting water use are:
a. Select the appropriate wash load for your washing machine. Selecting a large load when it is a small load will use more water than necessary.
b. Install high efficiency toilets.
c. Install high efficiency shower heads, faucet aerators, and shower flow restrictors.
2. Inspect & Pump – The best thing you can do for your septic system is to have it inspected and pumped frequently. How often you have this done will depend on your home, septic size, how many people are living in the home, and when the last inspection and pumping occurred.
3. Waste Disposal – Make sure you are not putting anything down the drain or toilet that should not be going down your drains. Some things that you should never put into your septic system are:
a. Feminine hygiene products
b. Cooking oil/grease
c. Paper towels
d. Coffee grounds
g. Baby wipes
h. Dental floss