Many people in the West Central Mountains rely on a septic system for processing their household waste. A septic system relies upon enzymes within the septic tank to break down waste. Those enzymes are sensitive, and it is important as a homeowner to maintain the balance within your septic tank.
Here are our recommendations for maintaining a healthy septic system.
1. Pump on Schedule
A septic tank should be pumped every 2-5 years. The frequency with which an individual tank needs pumped depends on the size of your tank and the amount of use your tank receives. If you have a large family, for example, you may need your septic tank pumped more often than a retired couple who visit their home for a few days each month.
2. Be Mindful of Your Flushing
It's never a good idea to flush paper towels, wipes of any variety (yes, even the ones labeled "flushable"), or feminine hygiene products, but when you have a septic system, it's an absolute no-no to flush these and similar items. These products build up in your septic system and the enzymes are not able to break them down.
3. Choose the Right TP for the Job
The kind of toilet paper you use when you have a septic tank is very important. Not all TP is created equal. Make sure, when shopping, you look for toilet paper that says "septic safe" or "biodegradable." Better yet, save money and natural resources and opt for a bidet attachment to your toilet.
4. Use Fewer Chemicals
Whether you're a card-carrying crunchy person or the exact opposite, reducing your use of chemicals and chemical products is a great idea if you have a septic system. Shampoos, conditioners, and many cleaning products can be harmful to the delicate balance of the enzymes in your septic tank. We also recommend using everyone's favorite blue dish soap that contains ammonia for your cleaning needs.
Having a septic system offers many perks, including the ability to live in areas not otherwise accessible. Following these tips should have you well on your way to maintaining happy enzymes and enjoying a happy, worry-free home.