For most of us, the start of a new year is about making positive changes to support our health. We resolve to eat better, exercise more, save money, and maybe spend more time outside and less time binge-watching the latest new series—all things that will ultimately improve our physical and mental well-being.
This year, why not do the same for your septic system?
The team at Paradise Septic has put together a handy list of New Year’s resolutions to keep your septic system happy and healthy all year long. Take a minute to check them out.
1. KNOW THE LOCATION OF YOUR SEPTIC TANK AND DRAIN FIELD.
Sound silly? You’d be surprised how many people don’t know this information, especially if you’ve just moved into a new home and this is your first time owning a septic system.
Make it a point to find out exactly where your tank and drain field (also called a leach field) are located so you have a good idea where to start if you think there may be an issue. Then, get to know these 6 Ways to Keep Your Drainfield Healthy.
2. BE SMART ABOUT USING WATER IN YOUR HOME.
The average American family uses more than 300 gallons of water each day at home, mainly indoors for things like bathing, going to the bathroom, washing dishes, and doing laundry. And where does all that water go? Down the pipes and into the septic system.
Excessive water use can prevent your drain field from absorbing water efficiently, which can lead to overflow problems. Avoid potential issues by following these simple tips to conserve water at home.
3. KNOW THE DOS AND DON’TS OF FLUSHING.
While most people know that it’s never a good idea to use your toilet as a garbage can, it’s even more crucial to remember when you have a septic system. Why? Because solids that can’t be broken down naturally in a septic tank will often find their way into drainage pipes and clog them—which can turn into a very smelly, messy, and expensive problem.
Here’s a quick list of flushing dos and don’ts:
- Toilet paper
- Organic waste
- Feminine hygiene products
- Paper towels or napkins
- Diapers or “flushable” baby wipes/personal hygiene wipes
- Cat litter
- Dental floss
- Anything other than the septic-safe toilet paper
4. MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR AN ANNUAL INSPECTION.
Did you know the most common problem associated with septic systems is a lack of maintenance? When you understand that your septic system is a valuable (and expensive) asset to your home, it’s easy to see why taking good care of it should be a top priority.
In the same way, you plan for a routine visit to the doctor or dentist, set aside a date to get your septic system inspected. That way, your service provider can quickly identify any potential problems and help you avoid costly repairs in the new year.
5. FIND A SEPTIC SERVICE PROVIDER YOU CAN TRUST (AND KEEP THEIR NUMBER ON SPEED DIAL).
Paradise Septic has been proudly serving the Phoenix Valley and surrounding areas since 1958, providing efficient, cost-effective solutions to meet your residential or commercial septic system needs.
Now and throughout the year, our experienced service technicians would be happy to assist you in evaluating the health of your septic system and addressing any problems and concerns you may have.