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Maintenance Tips to Extend Septic Tank Life

Maintenance Tips to Extend Septic Tank Life

20th Jul 2016

Household septic tanks require regular maintenance to perform at their best. Assuring that your septic tank receives the best care can not only help keep everything moving along, it can also help it achieve its maximum lifespan before costly replacement is necessary. Learn how you can go beyond regular pumping and inspection to preserve the function of your septic tank.

Water Usage Efficiency:

Most homes are wasting lots of water – that wasted water all goes into the septic system and increases the likelihood of failure and reduces the efficiency of the septic system. Tackling inefficient water use can help your system work better, longer.

  • Replace old toilets with high-efficiency models to save as 1-3 gallons of water per flush.
  • Add aerators to faucets.
  • Swap old washing machines with Energy Star models to use up to 50% less water than standard machines. Run the appropriate setting for the size of the load to improve water efficiency and spread your laundry out over the course of the week to prevent overloading your septic system.

Appropriate Waste Disposal:

Remember that everything that gets flushed, drained, or pushed through your garbage disposal ends up in your septic tank. Be mindful of what you dispose of.

Don’t Flush:

  • Medications
  • Paper towels and napkins
  • Wipes
  • Sanitary Napkins
  • Condoms
  • Bandages

Don’t Drain:

  • Food Waste– Excessive amounts, bones, egg shells, coffee grounds, corn cobs, peels, rinds, and brewery waste products. Egg shells and coffee grounds can, however, be great additives in a household garden.
  • Chemicals– Oil-based paints, pesticides/herbicides, harsh cleaners, solvents, and thinners.
  • Household Products– Any solids that are not human waste, toilet paper, or tampons, RV waste, film developing byproducts.

Septic Safe Cleaners:

Your septic tank functions by using microorganisms that digest waste. Chemicals and other toxins can kill these helpful microorganisms. Chemical drain cleaners, cooking oil, chemicals (like paints, solvents, and toxic cleaners), and even food solids from a garbage disposal can disrupt their function. One way you can help ensure a healthy ecosystem for your waste disposing organisms is to use household cleaners, detergents, and other products that are designed to be easily digested and not harmful to these organisms.