Dos and Don’ts for Your Septic System

April 21, 2020 11:05 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

To keep your septic system in good operational condition for as long as possible, sometimes it’s just as important to know what not to do with the system and how to operate it as it is to know what to do. With this in mind, here are a few dos and don’ts you should know for efficient and safe operation of your home’s septic system:

  • DO: Do your best to conserve water so you can avoid overloading your system. There are a variety of methods you can use to accomplish this, from simply being mindful of your water usage to installing more water-efficient fixtures and appliances.
  • DON’T: Don’t put anything down your drains that doesn’t belong there. This includes antibacterial wipes, certain cleaning products or chemicals, fabric softeners, feminine hygiene products, pesticides, herbicides, antibiotics or just about anything other than human waste and toilet paper. These products could cause all kinds of damage, from clogging up the system to killing off some of the helpful bacteria that break down the waste in the system.
  • DO: Stay on top of your septic system servicing in Strafford County, NH. Develop a good working relationship with a septic system service provider and have them come to your home periodically to check on the health of your system. When your system needs to be pumped, make sure you get this service done promptly.
  • DON’T: Don’t attempt to service your system yourself. Chances are you have neither the training or tools to accomplish everything that needs to be done to keep a septic system in good condition. For your safety and for the health of your home’s septic system, this is a job that should be left up to professionals—otherwise, you run the risk of causing damage that could cost you a lot of money to repair properly.
  • DO: Be careful about the kinds of products you use in your kitchen. Whenever possible, try to use dishwasher powders that are low in sodium or phosphorus—you can find this information on the product label. You should also try to use spray bottle-type cleaners whenever possible.
  • DON’T: Avoid getting lazy with your kitchen habits. You should never allow fats and oils down the sink and drains. At the very least, this will result in the oils congealing in the drains and potentially causing blockages. It could also throw off the bacteria balance in your septic system. Avoid putting food waste down the drains as well. Your garbage disposal isn’t meant to chop up large chunks of food—just the small pieces that manage to go down the drain.
  • DO: Spread out your laundry throughout the week, rather than doing a bunch of loads on the same day. This will lessen the impact the chore has on your septic system.
  • DON’T: Don’t use certain types of products when doing your laundry, such as bleach or powders that have added whiteners or antibacterials.

For more information or to schedule septic system servicing in Strafford County, NH, contact B.H. Cameron Septic Services LLC today.

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