Drain health can affect your whole septic system and how it works. Drains and the drain field make up a majority of your septic system, which means having healthy drains leads to having a healthy septic system.
Having healthy drains doesn’t take much effort. There are a few easy guidelines to follow to keep your drains and overall septic system healthy. Here are some dos and don’ts to help you avoid septic service in Bethel, OH.
- Repair leaky faucets and toilets: A leaky faucet or toilet may not be a big deal at first. A leak may not seem like a huge water loss. However, slow leaks, like a dripping faucet, can add up to 15 to 20 gallons of water a day, which means your septic system could be losing a lot of water.
- Use “low flow” fixtures: There are several fixtures to use on your faucets and showerheads to help your drain health. A faucet insert can slow down the water that flows from your faucet so you don’t use so much. A faucet aerator adds air to spread that water flow. Mixing valves is always an option as well, using only one fixture to regulate hot and cold water.
- Watch the location of your water and land drains: It’s important to make sure that your water and land drains are pointed away from the drain field. The water from both of those drains can overflow and harm the drain field.
- Flush anything except toilet paper down the toilet: Flushing unwanted products, like diapers, cigarette butts, feminine products, grease, oils, left over medications or other paper products, could block your drains and cause them harm. Even products that are labeled “flushable” may not be good for your drains and therefore your overall septic system.
- Use a garbage disposal unless it’s absolutely necessary: A disposal will add grease and solids that can clog up or limit access to the drain field, causing the whole septic system to go array.
- Put household chemicals down the drain: Objects like paint chips, drain cleaners and antifreeze will destroy bacteria in the septic system that breaks down the solids. Breaking down the solids is a main function of your septic system. Pouring these down the drain will make septic service in Bethel, OH a must.
- Drain water from hot tubs or swimming pools into the septic system: Getting rid of the water in a swimming pool at the end of the summer is not an easy task, and you may think it might be best to drain it into the septic system. However, large volumes of water can cause harm to the drain field, overflowing it and therefore causing harm to your whole septic system. Research other ways to drain water from your pool or hot tub.
If all of these methods are not followed, your drains and overall septic system might need to be looked at. For septic service in Bethel, OH, visit Gullett Sanitation Services.