How to Save Water and Your Septic System

Your septic system needs time to process the water that runs through it. Express Septic Services advises that if you overload the system with water, you run the risk of damaging it. Water conservation is key in protecting your septic system. Here are some tips to help you conserve water.

Flush Wisely

Using your toilet wisely can help save water and prevent septic system damage. For example, only flush human waste and septic safe toilet paper down the toilet. Do not flush facial tissue, wipes, or anything else down the toilet. If you can stand it, you can also conserve water by flushing your toilet less frequently. Every time you flush the toilet, you use 4 to 7 gallons of water.

Go Low Flow

This is why many people are installing low-flow toilets in their bathrooms. Instead of using 4 to 7 gallons of water with each flush, a low-flow toilet uses only two gallons. This reduces the amount of water your septic system must process and push through to the drain field. It also reduces the amount of water your drain field must treat and release into the groundwater system.


Shorten Your Showers

Did you know that when you take a long shower you use as much as 40 gallons of water? This inundates your septic system with water that it cannot handle. It’s better to take shorter showers to reduce the amount of water that is released into your septic system. Again, the system must push the water through to the drain field where it is treated and processed. Too much water can damage your drain field.

Spread Your Laundry

Another way you can conserve water and help your septic system is to spread your laundry throughout the week. Instead of doing several loads in one day, do one load each day. This helps prevent the septic system from being inundated with water throughout the day. You should also avoid running your dishwasher unless you have a full load in the unit.

Sweep Your Patios

You can also conserve water by sweeping your patios and walkways instead of using your hose to spray them off. If you think about it, using water to clean your patios is a huge waste. Instead, purchase a push broom from the hardware store and use that to keep your patios, porches, and walkways clean.

Use a Hose Sprayer

Finally, control your water usage when you are watering your garden by installing a sprayer on your garden hose. This allows you to turn off the water by simply releasing the sprayer when you don’t need it.

Express Septic Services in Greenville, SC, can help if you believe that excess water has damaged your septic system. Call us today.

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