Want To Steer Clear Of Septic Problems? Here Are Two Ways You Can Do It

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Like other homeowners, you are interested in maintaining your home and property so that everything works as it should and you can avoid costly repairs. However, you may be unaware of ways that you can ensure that your septic system is not disturbed by your actions. A malfunctioning septic system can result in water damage, clogged pipes and drains and a full septic tank that backs up into the house, among other things. Steer clear of septic problems with the following suggestions.

Be Mindful of Your Water Usage

While you need water to  drink, take showers, flush the toilets, wash dishes and do many other tasks, it is important that you stay mindful of how much you are using. The more you use, the more will go down your drains and out to the septic tank. Be mindful that you don't want to overtax the septic system and take steps to reduce your water usage when possible. Some things you can do are: 

  • Use low-flow toilets
  • Run the dishwasher once a day
  • Wait until you have a full load of laundry before using the washing machine
  • Don't allow water to flow freely during tooth brushing routines
  • Keep showers brief

Use More Natural and Homemade Cleaners

You may use commercial anti-bacterial cleaning products to clean your kitchen and bathroom, but you might not know that these cleaners that are so good at killing bacteria might not be great for your septic system. That's because as waste and solids flow down your drains out into the septic tank, the existing bacteria in the tank work to eat away at those solids. This is beneficial to you because solids in your tank can create clogs in the septic lines if left to build up over time. A problem may occur because some of the same cleaning products you use to kill bacteria inside your home might also kill the beneficial bacteria in your septic tank. This is especially the case if your cleaning products contain acids or bleaches.

You might want to consider using more homemade cleaners made from natural substances to reduce the amount of bacteria-killing chemicals in your septic tank. For example, a water and baking soda solution can work for scrubbing down stains. 

When you use the information that has been laid out here, you may be able to avoid some of the problems that happen to septic systems. For more information, contact Rhode Island Septic Service or a similar company.

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