PhotoIf the beginning of autumn is a busy time for you, then it might be hard to remember what day it is. With so many special occasions coming up, it might even be hard to remember if there’s a special week coming up. One such week that you should mark down on your calendars is Septic Smart Week. Backed by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), it runs from September 21-25, and reminds home owners of the importance of maintaining their septic tanks.

Proper maintenance

Proper maintenance on your septic tank can really help you avoid throwing money down the drain. It can be easy to forget this important piece of your home’s infrastructure, but the price of doing so can be very steep. Charges for repairs can cost you thousands if something serious goes wrong.

Unfortunately, this is not a piece of equipment that you can change the batteries for and forget about. Many home owners simply throw an additive into their septic system and hope that any potential clogs will take care of themselves, much to their detriment when a problem finally does pop up.

The best thing you can do to take care of your septic tank is to call a specialist that knows what they’re doing. They can inspect your pump system and see if there are any problems developing that you may not be aware of. It is recommended that you have a specialist look at your system every three to five years.

Although calling a specialist is the best course of action, there is some maintenance that you can do to keep your septic system going strong. First, you should become more aware of what you dump down your sink. Greases from cooked food and other solid objects can wreak havoc on your septic system by causing pipes to clog, which can irritate your drain field.

Similarly, be careful about what you flush down the toilet. Disposable diapers, wipes, and feminine hygiene products can cost you dearly if flushed, so be sure to dispose of them properly. Other objects, like cigarette butts or cat litter, can also be harmful.

Environmental impact

There are other things that you can have installed in your home to help out your septic tank as well. WaterSense products, for example, are great for saving water. Look into their faucets, toilets, and shower heads to see what works best for your home. Having less water flowing can help ensure that you’re not overloading your septic system. You can also save water by changing some common habits, such as spreading out your laundry into several loads or keeping the water running when brushing your teeth. Every little bit helps.

A septic system that is not operating properly will not only cost you money; it can also negatively impact the environment in a big way. Bad septic systems can pollute our water sources with excess nutrients or pathogens, which can make it unsafe to use. Just remember: a healthy septic system doesn’t just help you, it helps everyone. 

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