If you have a septic system, you already know how nice it is to not have a monthly sewer bill and you know what things you should and should not introduce to your system to keep it operating properly. It might surprise you to learn that one of the worst things you can put into your system is too much water. Septic systems include a tank and drain field, which operate to separate solids from liquids and then filter the liquids to be safe for the environment.
If you were to run water constantly over the course of a few days on a municipal system, the worst you’ll encounter is a huge water bill. However, with a septic system, you would have overloaded the system and quite possibly caused some costly septic problems. Granted, you wouldn’t leave a faucet turned on like that, but water conservation isn’t a bad habit to get into if you don’t want to overtax the system. It is also an important part of protecting our environment.
Your first step to water conservation should be to check your home’s plumbing for any leaks. A dripping faucet or toilet that is constantly running because of a leak can be using more water than you might think. Another water saving habit is to run the washing machine and dishwasher only when the load is full. Consider upgrading to water-saving appliances, faucets, and shower heads. It is also best to spread out larger water usage items. Do a laundry load every other day or so instead of all in one day. This will help your septic system recover between loads.
If you are experiencing septic problems or would like your system inspected and serviced, give us a call at Marion Pumper. We offer reliable and prompt service for all your septic needs. Contact us today to learn more about avoiding septic problems down the road.