Having a green home is more than just saving energy and turning off appliances. It involves your home as a whole, including your plumbing. In this day and age, we are more conscientious of our effects on the environment, so it’s important to practice these tips to make your septic system greener for your home.
Be Careful Of What You Pour Down The Drain
It’s easy to forget that we all have a septic tank in our homes. We tend to pour just about anything down the drain; but it could be costly! Pouring things such as disinfectants, grease, or paint can actually harm your septic tank by killing off the useful bacteria that live in there and damage the system as a whole.
Use Garbage Disposal Sparingly
A common household appliance, such as a garbage disposal, can make some chores simpler but can actually damage your septic tank’s water as a whole. Even though we tend to use the disposal for biodegradable items like food, all the waste that goes through there actually goes into the septic tank and transforms into wastewater where it goes to a treatment plant. The problem occurs when it’s used too much, as it can lead to clogging, wear and tear, and if the wrong type of material gets into the garbage disposal, say paper or plastic, it can actually do more damage than good on your whole sink and septic tank.
Water is essential for the septic tank, but too much water can cause it to overwork and run down faster. Often times, we over work the septic tank with overuse of sinks, garbage disposals or accidently leaving the water on for too long. Using the tank’s water only when needed not only helps the environment, it extends its longevity and can save you money on your water bill.
Check & Replace Leaking Septic Tanks
It’s not always easy to detect a leaky septic tank, but if neglected can lead to serious problems including contaminating the areas water supply. To avoid this, simply pump out the water in your tank. If the liquid levels are low, or it flows bank into the tank, you may have to replace it.
Use Alternative Cleaning Methods
Normally we use drain cleaners or other cleaning products to rinse out our drains. But often times those same cleaners can add harsh chemicals that can deteriorate your septic tank. Instead of using store bought cleaners, you can use organic alternatives including vinegar, borax, and baking soda, or use our own cleaning system to get the job done.
Keeping your septic tank and plumbing green not only benefits your household, it benefits the community around you. Your septic tank needs just as much care as the rest of your home does; so don’t wait until you have a problem on your hands.
If you’re interested in making your plumbing system environmentally friendly, contact us today!