Many people don’t realize that septic systems offer numerous advantages over municipal services. Yes, if you have a septic tank, you can consider yourself lucky! It provides you with effective, simple onsite treatment of wastewater.
Your septic system allows you not only to escape the high cost of sewer lines, but it also enables groundwater to be treated on your property, making more clean water available. Your septic tank treats effluent naturally, letting the water to seep into the ground to replenish the supply and help your plants grow. If properly sized, installed and maintained, a septic system offers environmental benefits that municipal sewer lines don’t.
The first step in ensuring the health of your septic tank is water conservation, so ensure the following:
- Do full loads of dishes and laundry instead of several small loads.
- Use water-saving faucet aerators, showerheads, low-flow toilets, toilet tank space-occupiers or toilet float valves. The latest washing machines are also designed to save water, so when the time comes to replace your existing one, make the change.
- Repair leaking faucets immediately.
- When brushing teeth, shaving or rinsing dishes, don’t leave the faucet running.
Note: Non-polluted water from roof downspouts, sump pumps, house footing drain tiles, and any other sources must not go into the tank. Also, they should be directed away from the drain field area.