When it comes to maintaining your septic system, going green not only benefits the earth, but it can also benefit your wallet. By employing a few eco-friendly strategies, you can prolong the life of your septic system, avoid costly repairs and reduce your carbon footprint and unnecessary strain on the environment.
How can you go green when it comes to septic system maintenance and avoid an emergency cesspool pumping? Here are some simple, yet highly effective techniques.
Limit Your Water Usage
A septic system processes the waste water that you produce in your home. Putting large amounts of water into the system in short periods of time will flush any sludge that has been untreated into the drain field, which increases the chances of an overflow and the need for a cesspool service.
To reduce the amount of water your septic system has to process, be mindful with the way in which you use water. Turn off your faucets when you are brushing your teeth or when you are shaving, for example. Take shorter showers and install low-flow shower heads and faucets. Only run your dishwasher and washing machine when they are full.
Be Mindful of Flushing
What you flush down your toilets and drains goes directly to your septic system, and certain items can wreck havoc on it, which will inevitably lead to a cesspool pumping long island.
To avoid a blockage in your septic system, avoid flushing anything that the system will not be able to break down, such as:
- Grease and fats
- Feminine hygiene products
- Cotton swabs
- Coffee grounds
- Cigarette filters
Flushing these, or any other items that cannot be processed by your septic system will increases the chances of a blockage, and will, in turn, increase the chances of an overflow or the need for a long island cesspool pumping.
Avoid Using Harsh Chemicals
In order to breakdown waste, a balance of healthy bacteria needs to be maintained in a septic system. Harsh chemicals can be detrimental to healthy bacteria, disturbing its balance and killing it off, and thereby impacting the system’s ability to properly breakdown waste.
Avoid exposing your system to harsh chemicals. For example, pesticides, paints, motor oils and high levels of household cleaning products should all be kept out of drains. Flush these harsh chemicals down your septic system and you will most certainly be looking at costly repairs, and sooner, rather than later.
Give Vinegar a Try
Yes, vinegar! Fill up a gallon jug with half white distilled vinegar and have boiling hot water. Pour the mixture into the toilet that is closest to your mainline and flush it. The mixture of how water and vinegar will actually help to loosen and blockages that may be in the system; for example, it can melt grease that may be stuck in the pipes. Do this once a month and to keep your system flowing smoothly. (Note: Vinegar is not harmful to your septic system.)
In addition to exercising these eco-friendly tips, make sure you have your septic system maintained by a professional. Regular pumping and inspections will ensure that your system is in tip-top condition and will save you from the headaches – and the high costs – that are associated with a damaged or overflowing septic system.