Little Things You Do That Put Extra Strain On Your Septic System

Not everyone using a rural waste water system knows quite as much as they should about how it works, and what daily habits can be detrimental to it. Getting a handle on these things can help minimize the amount of maintenance needed to keep it working properly, and prolong its usefulness in the process. For the most part these are simple changes you can make in your daily life, without much in the way of added expense, but which can have a considerable impact on your septic system.

Food Waste

With the ubiquity of garbage disposals, it's common practice for people to rinse their plates in the sink and wash the waste down the drain. For homes on a septic tank this practice can be detrimental, causing solid waste in the tank to build up faster than it can cope, resulting in more frequent clean outs. Instead, thoroughly scrape plates clear of food waste before rinsing or washing, and if you have a garbage disposal installed make sure to use it sparingly.

Paper Waste

A necessary part of modern life, some amount of bathroom tissue is expected to end up in your septic tank. That said, certain hygienic paper products simply aren't designed to break down at the rate necessary to maintain normal function in a septic system. Avoid putting paper towels, feminine hygiene products, cotton balls or swabs, bandages or cigarette filters down your toilet. Just like food waste, these solids will pile onto the existing solid waste, and their slower rate of decomposition will leave them sitting like a lump in the bottom of the tank.

Chemical Cleaners

Your septic system relies on billions of micro-organisms to function, and those microbes depend on a specific environment to exist. Certain household cleaners can have a profound impact on the that environment, turning it from a place that septic bacteria thrive and making it highly toxic. With this in mind, avoid using anti-bacterial hand soap or bleach around drains or on plumbing fixtures. Further, avoid using cleaners with high levels of phosphorous, such as some dish detergent or laundry agents, as this compound has been linked to the growth of algae blooms, even in closed systems.

While each of these on their own seem harmless enough any of them can have detrimental effects on your septic system and the surrounding environment. Changing your behaviors and choices will ensure that your septic system needs only its recommended regular maintenance, and will remain viable for the duration of the manufacturer's intended use period.

For more information, contact Burleson Septic Cleaning or a similar company.