When you decide to Go Green with your septic system, you can not only enhance the life expectancy of your system, but you will also reduce the amount you spend on service fees and maintenance charges down the road. Plus it’s environmentally friendly, meaning you’re doing a good thing for the planet and your system.
In this blog, we will discuss the best ways to make sure your septic system is eco-friendly. Then we give you the lowdown on the DOs and DON’Ts of septic systems to ensure you know how to maintain a healthy and long lasting tank, leach field, and system.
Go Green with Your Septic System
Don’t Use Harsh Chemicals
Don’t flush cleaning products or chemicals down your drain. This includes bleach, ammonia, chlorine, or other harsh chemicals. When flushed, the chemicals can throw off the balance of the bacteria found in your tank. If you want your tank to properly handle and process your waste, then it must have healthy bacteria 24/7.
When harsh chemicals are flushed into your septic tank, all of the good, healthy bacteria can die off. That’s why it’s so important to use eco-friendly cleaning products. This will ensure the tank continues to maintain its healthy bacteria and function properly.
Monitor What You Put Down the Drain
Be careful with the items you put down your drain. You can easily clog or cause damage to your septic system if you flush down items that aren’t eco-friendly. Plus, by putting items into your septic system that aren’t biodegradable, you can cause blockages and actually shorten the lifespan of your tank significantly.
The items that shouldn’t be put into your tank include cigarette butts, disposable diapers, tampons, hand wipes, trash, condoms, and so much more. If you do allow these types of things to go into your septic system, you’re not only contaminating the system, but you’ll have to install a new system once it no longer works.
Disconnect the Garbage Disposal
Most sinks include a garbage disposal, which is a convenient way to dispose of food. However, by throwing food down the disposal, you could end up damaging your septic tank if the disposal is connected to your septic system.
In order to make things more eco-friendly for your tank, you should throw away your food and scraps in the trashcan or a compost bin. If it will help you better remember to do so, you can even call out a plumber and have them disconnect your garbage disposal completely.
Septic Guide DOs and DON’Ts
- DO repair all faucets and toilets when they leak. You could easily waste 700+ gallons of water every year due to leaks.
- DO use minimal amount of water and add low-flow fixtures. When you use a lot of water, it could overload your system. That’s because it doesn’t give the sludge and scum in the tank enough time to separate. This could lead to clogs in your pipes or other issues with your tank and leach fields. You should also run your laundry and dishwasher on the lowest time running setting and only every couple of days.
- DO keep the leach field clear. As long as there is nothing on the leach field, such as cars, plants, trees, structures, etc., then you won’t have to worry about your soil becoming compacted, which could cause your pipes to break. Also if plants or trees are on or near the field, the roots could grow into and around the pipes, causing clogs or other issues.
- DO make sure your drains from the roof, basement, or other systems are far away from your leach field. You don’t want the leach field to flood due to an excessive amount of water.
- DO use bacteria additives in moderation. You can use additives to help the healthy bacteria grow in your septic system, but you’ll want to use it minimally.
- DO limit the amount of time you use your sprinkler system. When you use your sprinkler system to water your lawn, you’ll want to make sure you aren’t drowning the lawn and leach field. You could use a timer on your sprinkler to ensure you don’t overwater the yard.
- DO schedule maintenance appointments regularly. If you want your system to have a long service life, you’ll want to have regular maintenance check-ups.
- DON’T contaminate your septic system. If you flush any of the following, you could damage and contaminate your system: floss, feminine hygiene devices (such as tampons or sanitary napkins), cat litter, pieces of plastic, paper towels, diapers, baby/hand wipes, condoms, cotton balls, Q-tips, cigarette butts, coffee grounds, or other items that should be thrown away rather than flushed into your tank.
- DON’T flush chemicals. The following chemicals and items could be detrimental to your system, even if you flush a small amount: paint, paint thinners, solvent, oil, disinfectants, or pesticides.
- DON’T use large amounts of cleaner. You should always use the recommended amount of the following: drain cleaner, toilet bowl cleaner, soap, laundry detergent, or bleach.
- DON’T let fat or grease get into the system. If a significant amount of fat or grease enter your system, it could cause obstructions to the tank.
- DON’T use a garbage disposal. You shouldn’t be putting anything into your septic system that doesn’t come out of your body. If you do use a garbage disposal, be sure to have the filter cleaned out at least once a year and your tank will need to be cleaned out double the amount of a system that doesn’t have a garbage disposal.
- DON’T put anything on top of your septic system. You won’t want to build patios, fences, sprinklers, concrete, etc. over top of the system. It needs to be easily accessible for maintenance and service jobs.
- DON’T assume that by adding bacteria additives, you won’t need to have your tank pumped. Additives are used to help the tank digest solids, but all of the sludge found at the bottom of the tank still needs to me removed on a regular basis.
Call Front Range Septic Today
Front Range Septic can help you Go Green with your septic system by disposing of septic waste in an environmentally friendly and responsible manner. We can also schedule regular maintenance visits to ensure your system is running smoothly. If you’re having any issues, we also offer 24/7 emergency services to help you during a crisis. Give us a call today and let us help you help your septic system.