3 Easy Ways To Protect Your Septic System

Posted on: 19 February 2015

In order for your septic system to be fully functional, you need to protect it from being clogged with foreign objects or being damaged from the outside. There are three easy rules that you can follow in order to make sure that your septic system never lets you down.

1. Limit Water Use

The more water that goes through your septic system, the greater the chance that it will become overwhelmed or start to degrade over time. Making sure that your household limits its water use is key in order to extend the lifespan of your septic system. One easy way to do this is to install a low-flow toilet that will automatically reduce the amount of water that is in the bowl and that is used for a flush.

You can also avoid using your garbage disposal, because it will not only flush a great deal of water, but unwanted particles as well. A third way that you can reduce water is by timing your showers. Set a goal for your shower time and then try to reduce it by a minute or two. This way, you will be able to make sure that not as much water is being used.

2. Only Plant Grass Near Your Septic System

You really shouldn't plant anything but grass near your septic system because the roots of other plants, especially trees, will invade the septic lines and cause damage and leaks. This can result in you having to replace parts of your line, which can be expensive and force you tear up your lawn. By only planting grass, you can be sure that your roots will grow fairly shallow and that you will not have any problems. 

3. Don't Dispose of Hazardous Chemicals

The last way that you can protect your septic system in order to increase its lifespan is to make sure that you do not flush hazardous chemicals down it. The reason why you need to avoid this is that the septic system can be damaged just like you. Paint thinners will strip the coatings on the line and any acids will kill the bacteria that is intentionally in the septic system that aids with the deconstruction process. Both of these actions can make it very difficult for your septic system to operate efficiently and have a decent lifespan.

For more information on making sure your septic system lasts a long time and needs little maintenance, contact a septic tank pumping and installation company.

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