Natural Ways To Maintain Your Septic System

March 28th, 2012 BY No Comments

Whether you live in a residence or own a business, it’s imperative that you take care of your septic system. This can mean the difference between having a septic system that runs smoothly and keeps your pipes and tank in good working order, and a septic system than needs costly repairs.

If you neglect your septic tank you might find yourself in the position of having to get it replaced. This is something you definitely want to avoid as it can end up costing you thousands of dollars plus a lot of extra time and effort. What many people don’t realize is they can actually service their septic tanks in environmentally natural ways. You don’t have to use expensive chemicals to keep your septic tank in great shape.

In fact, the opposite is true; having a clean and well run septic system will actually improve the environment.

Here are natural ways to maintain your septic system:

  1. Double check your household water consumption. One of the best ways to protect your septic tank and help the environment is to watch your water consumption. The less water you use the less of the world’s natural resources you’ll be taking. You will also be putting less stress and pressure onto your tanks. You can reduce your water output by making sure the dishwasher and the washing machine are full before doing a load or a wash. You can also take shorter showers instead of bathes, fix and leaks in your faucets, and purchase toilets and shower nozzles that reduce the water flow when flushed or turned on.
  2. Keep the cleaning products clean. You should never pour a dangerous or hazardous chemical into the toilet or down the drain. This is bad for two reasons, it kills all the good bacteria in your pipes that help to break down waste and it can seep into your soil and actually contaminate the ground. For the good of your home, septic system, and the environment, be sure and dispose of hazardous chemicals correctly and use only environmentally safe and healthy cleaners.
  3. Skip the grease. Something that is not good for our bodies or the sinks is grease. Of course there are times when you need to cook with oil, but you should know how to dispose of it the right way. Never pour it down the sink. It will coagulate and quickly cause major clogs in your pipes. You should allow the grease to cool and when it becomes a solid, throw it into the garbage.

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