Septic System TLC: Helpful Tips for Minnesota Homeowners

Septic System TLC: Helpful Tips for Minnesota Homeowners

30th Jun 2015

One of the most important, and hardest working, systems in any home is the septic system. Although it is called into action several times each day when families do laundry, wash dishes or attend to personal hygiene activities, its needs are not always given proper attention. The constant usage it receives is compounded by the effects of the laundry detergent, soap, cleaning solutions, bath tissue and other materials that make their way into the septic system. Over time, these products can compromise the health of the entire system and increase the chances of developing clogs and blockages that can result in expensive repair bills, as well as risks to the ground water and the environment.

TLC Tips for Your Hardworking Home Septic System

Giving a little well-deserved tender loving care to your septic system is the best way to ensure that it will continue to work dependably and these easy tips are a great way to start.

  • choose only septic-safe laundry detergent and cleaning solutions that will bio-degrade without harming the environment or damaging your septic system
  • be careful to keep grease from being sent down the drain where it can build up in the septic system
  • teach family members to refrain from flushing non-degradable items such as cigarette butts, cotton swabs, wipes, feminine products and cat litter down the toilet
  • install a washing machine filter to capture lint and keep it from entering the septic system where it can build up and cause clogs
  • take appropriate septic tank freeze protection steps if you live in a cold climate