We all know that septic tank systems are found under the ground of our homes where the waste water, like that from our kitchens and washrooms, goes for the most basic treatment. It’s basically an at home sewage chamber. So if there is a chamber right under the ground of your house where the wastewater flows, that means that there are certain things that you need to be careful about to ensure that your septic tank doesn’t cause you any problems.
Here are some things that you should know about septic tanks.
- Remember that when you wash your clothes in a front loading washer, it uses less water than a top loading washer. You might want to switch to that if you want to reduce the strain on your septic tank and be more sensitive towards the environment.
- You should distribute washing your laundry over a period of one week rather than getting done with all of it in one go. This is recommended so that you don’t strain your septic tank suddenly. You can also choose to connect the waste water from your laundry to a separate system like a seepage pit or a drywall. Try to wash full loads only, whenever you do.
- Using a liquid detergent to wash your clothes will be much better for your septic tank because the powder detergents have clay in them which can lead to the buildup of solids rather quickly inside the septic tank.
- You must know and keep a record of the locations of all parts of your septic tank because this will be of use at the time of services like septic tank cleaning, pumping service etc.
- It is common knowledge that harsh chemical cleaners like bleach and other toxic substances can affect your sewage treatment. Try and minimise the use of such detergents and cleaning products in your home.
- Do follow the proper schedule of septic tank pumping and servicing. You must ensure that your septic tank gets serviced every two to three years or if the sludge has gone beyond one- third the depth of the tank. If you do not get your septic tank pumped or serviced on a timely basis, you might have to spend a lot more to get the leach field replaced.
- Wherever possible and wherever you can, try to use water conserving devices like low flush toilets, shower heads, dishwashers, washing machines etc.
- You should run the water every now and then through regularly used drains like kitchen and washrooms, to avoid the buildup of stink.
- Dust off your muddy clothes, shoes and items that have a lot of dirt in them so that it doesn’t block or get clogged.
- You must maintain a record of your septic tank cleaning and servicing routine so that you don’t miss your turn.
- Because a dirty septic tank can make you sick, it’s always a good idea to get your septic tank cleaned from professionals who will be able to do a thorough job of cleaning it.
Remember that septic tank is where the wastewater is going, the water that is used inside your home and then discarded, which means it also has a scope of causing diseases and a foul smell if not dealt with timely. So, make sure that you are prompt and on time with your septic tank cleaning, don’t use too many chemical cleaners, chlorine and keep your swimming pool away from the leach field.