If you live out in the backwoods far away from a local municipality, or if you just have an older house, your home may have a septic tank instead of traditional plumbing. You likely know that you are not supposed to put anything but toilet paper down the drain, but that's common knowledge. One other way you can ensure your septic system can go a long time without needing a septic tank cleaning or pumping is if you conserve the amount of water that you use on a daily basis. Here are 3 ways in which you can cut down on your water usage.
Shower in the Afternoon After Your Workout
If you work out, chance are you are showering twice a day. Once in the morning and once after your workout. But this is making your septic tank pull double duty daily. Consider only showering once per day after your workout. If you stop and think about it, you might just come home after your workout and not really do anything else that would make you unclean for work the next day, so showering in the morning is really not necessary. You could also start using the gym's shower as another option.
Tell Your Kids to Bring Clothes Down to the Washer Every Few Days
One way you can put a lot of stress on your septic tank is if you bombard it with water from multiple loads of laundry all at once. Try and spread your laundry out throughout the week by encouraging your kids and anyone else in your family to frequently bring their dirty clothes down to the wash every couple of days instead of waiting until they literally don't have anything else to wear. When doing the laundry, use an option that will not fill the basin up to the top. If you are washing every few days, you likely won't need to use that much water anyway.
Change to a More Eco Friendly Dishwasher, Toilet or Clothes Washer
If you have a water using appliance in your house that is getting up there in age, don't wait for it to break down to replace it. Chances are you will be able to switch to a more modern version that uses significantly less water than what you are using right now. You may even want to change out these appliances even if they are not broken, just for the water and energy savings.
For more information about septic tanks, contact Hemley's Septic Tank Cleaning or a similar company.