The way to extend the life of your new septic system is to take care of all of its parts and features, which means you have to clean it, inspect it and make repairs to it. In addition, regular checkups can help you save money on avoidable maintenance costs and protect your household water from contamination.
Septic system maintenance doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive, and we can prove it. Below we’ll discuss the importance of septic system cleaning in Strafford County, NH and how to properly care for your new septic tank.
Inspect and pump the tank
It’s highly recommended that household septic tanks be pumped every three to five years, but you should have your home’s septic system inspected at least every three years by a certified septic service technician. The exceptions are alternative systems with electrical float switches, pumps or mechanical components. These types of systems should be inspected more frequently, generally once a year. The frequency of septic pumping depends on four factors: household size, septic tank size, total wastewater generated and the volume of solids in the wastewater.
Prevent household water waste
In a typical single-family home, the average daily indoor water use per individual can reach 70 gallons. On top of that, one leaky or running toilet can waste up to 200 gallons of water per day. Between daily toilet, sinks, shower, dishwasher and washing machine use, and ongoing leaks, a lot of household water goes down the pipes and into the septic system. All this water and waste can increase the risk of system failure, so you need to do what you can to conserve water and send less water through the septic system. Here are a few simple ways to save water:
- High-efficiency toilets: Toilets account for about 30 percent of household water use, which is more than any other water feature, no matter the age of the home. For instance, some toilets in older homes require 3.5 to 5 gallons per flush, while high-efficiency toilets use only 1.6 gallons of water or less per flush. Replace existing toilets with high-efficiency fixtures to reduce the amount of water entering your septic system.
- Use the washer wisely: Whether you have a standard washer or an Energy Star model, always wash full loads of laundry, and try spreading out wash cycles throughout the week to allow your septic tank enough time to treat waste. Water overload could cause your drain field to flood.
- Upgrade faucets and showerheads: You can reduce water use and the volume of water traveling through your septic system by installing faucet aerators, shower flow restrictors and high-efficiency showerheads in all of your bathrooms.
Don’t use toilets like trash cans
Everything that gets flushed or washed down a drain ends up in your septic system, but not all refuse is septic tank safe. Toilets aren’t trash cans, so don’t flush anything besides toilet paper and human waste, and avoid pouring chemicals down toilets and drains.
Call B.H. Cameron Septic Services LLC to schedule septic pumping in Strafford County, NH today!
This post was written by Writer