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Tips on Water Use and Septic Systems

Last updated 2 years ago

Keeping your septic system in good condition is not just about routine maintenance; it also requires responsible water use. Excessive water use can not only increase energy costs, but can potentially damage your septic tank as well. One of the best ways to maintain your septic system is to use your water properly. Here are a few tips on water use and your septic system.

Keep Your Showers Short

Having especially large amounts of water flushing into your septic system all at once can create hydraulic overload. Hydraulic overload can damage a septic system’s drain field, which can be an expensive and potentially dangerous problem. Taking long showers can increase water use significantly and add unnecessary stress to your septic system. Try to monitor the length of your showers. Every minute you shave off of your shower time can save several gallons of water. Trimming down time for other common water uses, such as watering plants or washing dishes, can be just as helpful.  

Space Out Water Use

Doing a load of laundry and washing the dishes at the same time can really strain your septic system. Overlapping common household uses of water can severely damage your pipes and your septic tank itself. Your septic system will last much longer with an even and practical pattern of household water use. Try adding more time in between showers, and avoid running multiple water-using appliances at the same time. Your septic system will work at its best when there is an even exchange of water flowing in to and out of your septic tank. Spacing out your water use is the best way to manage the flow of water through your septic system and can be a critical part of septic tank maintenance.

Controlling your water use can help preserve your septic system, but regular septic tank service and inspection is still essential. A Wesco Septic offers a guarantee on all our work and can fix or save your old septic system at a reasonable price. For septic tank repair and service that is both reliable and affordable, call A Wesco Septic at (360) 668-6561.       

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