Here are 5 simple tips to add to your routine at home that can greatly reduce any future problems with your home septic system:
1. Conserve water to reduce the load on the septic system. One example of this is doing laundry throughout the week instead of all at once. Install flow reducer nozzles on showers and upgrade toilets using water-conserving methods.
2. Keep trees at least 100 feet away from the septic system. Tree roots that invade your septic system can do major damage.
3. Never use your toilet for items that belong in the trash. Flushing things such as cat litter, tampons, paper towels, facial tissues, coffee grounds, cigarette butts, or similar items down the toilet will quickly fill and clog your septic tank. Grease is the absolute worse and should be disposed of properly.
4. Use garbage disposals wisely. It’s best not to put food in them at all if it can be helped or consider installing one which will grind waste into smaller particles that break down more quickly when they reach the system.
5. Heavy cleaners, especially those containing bleach, kill beneficial bacteria preventing solids from breaking down as quickly. Check the labels before making a purchase. Many products now are made with septic systems in mind and are more easily biodegradable. Hazardous chemicals cause similar problems and in addition can find their way into the groundwater.
If you ever have questions, consult a professional. The technicians at Texas Wastewater Environmental Solutions have years of experience servicing septic systems in San Antonio, Boerne, Fair Oaks Ranch, Helotes, New Braunfels, Comfort, Kerrville, and surrounding areas. Call for a free consultation or post a comment on our website and we’ll be happy to answer your questions.