Prolonging The Life Of Your Septic System Through Small Daily Changes

by Diane Barnes

While all septic systems will require maintenance, such as tank pumping every few years, these systems should last for many years before needing to be replaced. Unfortunately, this is not the experience that all homeowners have. In some cases, individuals will find themselves dealing with a system failure after just a few short years. Oftentimes, this is due to a misunderstanding regarding the way a septic system works and how their daily activities can impact the longevity of their system. Thankfully, you can help to avoid these issues and ultimately prolong the life of your septic system by making small changes to your daily routine.

Septic Tanks Can Only Process So Much Waste Water Each Day

People often lose sight of just how much water they use on a daily basis when they make use of a private well and septic system rather than relying on city water and sewage services. This is because there is no monthly bill associated with the use of well water. The problem is, while you may have access to a virtually unlimited amount of water, your septic tank will still be limited in the amount of waste water that it can properly process each day. This limit will be based on the size of your particular tank.

If you are producing more waste water than your septic tank can properly handle, there will not be enough time for solid waste to be separated from your waste water before it is pushed out of the tank in order to make room for incoming water. When this happens, the output drain or your drainage field can become clogged with solid waste, ultimately preventing your tank from releasing any more water. When the water no longer has anywhere to go, it will begin to backup into your yard or home.

Limiting Your Water Consumption

Making small changes to the way you use water can help to prevent this from happening. For instance, rather than running the dishwasher after each meal, consider waiting until the end of the day to run it once it is completely full. You may also wish to make plumbing changes in your home, such as installing low flow shower heads and toilets.

Another great way to reduce your overall production of waste water is to reuse water whenever possible. For instance, while the water used to rinse your clothes may not suitable for drinking, it will certainly get the job done when watering your garden or washing your car. You can choose to collect this waste water yourself using a bucket, or you can simply redirect the water to its new intended location by attaching a PVC pipe to the existing drainage pipe.

Contacting a local septic contractor, like Suc n Up Inc, with any questions can help you keep your system in good working order.