Caring for your home’s septic system is an important part of being a responsible homeowner. Maintaining it properly secures your investment in your home and keeps you and your family healthy and safe. When properly cared for, a septic system provides a reliable, long-term solution for managing household wastewater when you live in an area that doesn’t have city or town sewer services. It’s your responsibility as a homeowner to get your septic tank pumped periodically. According to one state department’s website, septic tanks should be pumped at least once every three years. If your home has a garbage disposal, it should be pumped every year because of accumulating food waste.
What follows is a list of products related to your home’s septic system to ensure its proper operation and performance in eliminating wastewater. In general, products that are more efficient and produce less water equates to less water entering your septic tank.
According to the EPA, toilets comprise 25 to 30 percent of all household water use. Older toilets use between 3½ to 5 gallons per flush, while newer high-efficiency toilets use only 1.6 gallons or less per flush. If you are encountering problems with your septic system becoming flooded with household water, consider reducing the amount of water in the toilet’s reservoir if it’s an older model, or replacing it with a high-efficiency model. Home remedies for reducing the reservoir capacity include using rocks or half-gallon plastic containers placed in the basin the back.
Aerators, when attached to kitchen or bathroom faucets, help reduce water use overall. It delivers a splash-free stream of water that’s mixed with air to produce a straight and evenly pressured stream.
These products can significantly reduce your home water use amount. In 1992, the EPA required manufacturers to reduce the water output from showerheads to 2.5 gallons per minute, down from the previous standard of 5.5 gallons per minute. Nowadays, in order to earn the high-efficiency rating, they need to deliver just 2.0 gallons per minute, further adding to your water consumption savings.
Selecting the proper load size is important to using water efficiently with a washing machine. When you select the load size on your machine, the washing machine fills the tub only with the amount of water that’s needed to clean your clothes. In addition, spreading several loads of laundry throughout the week is helpful for your septic system as well, instead of doing several large loads in one day. Sometimes this can flood your drainfield without giving it sufficient time to recover.
Some garbage disposal products are considered safe for septic systems because they have additional solution fixed to the side of the tank that mixes with the water and food waste to break down food waste with micro-organisms. As well, if you have a garbage disposal, you should pump your septic tank every year because of food waste buildup.