With the increase of high capacity appliances in the home these days, you could be hurting your septic system without even knowing.
And by the time you realize it — it could be too late.
In Lake County, Florida, we see two big things impacting the health of septic systems.
1. Unwanted Solids
2. Excessive Water Flow
The second is often due to a few main appliances or household add-ons.
But, that doesn’t mean just because you have a septic system means you can’t have certain appliances.
It all comes down to how you use them!
5 Household Appliances and Add-Ons That Can Hurt Your Septic System
1. Hot Tubs
While they don’t pose an immediate threat, hot tubs are a big issue when you have to drain the tub.
Not only does the water amount overwhelm the system. The treated and chlorinated water kills off good bacteria in the septic tank. Make sure to drain the tub outside of your septic system. And that includes in a different part of your yard than the drain field.
The less interaction — the better!
2. The Garbage Disposal
While convenient, the garbage disposal can spell trouble for your septic. After all, it’s not a garbage can.
Never dispose of grease, food waste, or chemicals down the drain.
3. The Toilet Bowl
Toilets account for 30% of household water us. That’s already a lot of water and waste to handle.
But, add in improper use, and it’s a big problem for septics.
Only flush waste and toilet paper. Never flush “flushable wipes”, paper towels, feminine products, floss, or other items.
4. The Washing Machine
One of the leasing causes of premature septic failure is washing machines. Even the energy-efficient washers use large amounts of water. But, that’s not why they wreak havoc.
It’s the dirt, lint, and chemicals. The dirt and lint build-up over time, clogging your septic system. And the chemicals kill off needed bacteria.
Make sure to use septic-safe laundry detergent. And stay on top of your septic pump-out schedule to avoid premature failure.
5. The Dishwasher
The biggest offender when it comes to dishwashers is the detergents. While you certainly want your plates cleaned and sanitized, you can do that without killing off naturally occurring bacteria in your septic tank.
When it comes to appliances and septics, we can all get along.
It comes down to limiting water usage and using septic safe products to help you avoid costly repairs.
And remember, septic tanks should be pumped every 2-5 years! Work with your septic technician to set a schedule!
Have questions? Call Advanced Septic Services today at 352-242-6100.