For many people, taking a shower is an activity that’s done without a second thought. Yet, if you own a septic system, it’s a good idea to know if shower water goes into your tank. This will help you understand how your daily habits affect your system, and ultimately, its overall health.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN SHOWER WATER GOES DOWN THE DRAIN?
Every drain in your home leads to a single pipe. This includes your shower drain, along with the drains connected to your toilet, sinks, dishwasher, and washing machine.
In that one pipe, all the wastewater comes together. It then flows into your septic system, where “good” bacteria in your tank break down organic materials.
So, yes—shower water goes into your septic system! However, it doesn’t enter the tank by itself. Shower water converges with wastewater from other sources before flowing into the system.
SEPTIC FAILURE WILL CAUSE PROBLEMS IN YOUR SHOWER
Have you ever wrapped up a shower… only to find yourself standing in a puddle of water? Don’t ignore it, friends. Slow draining water could be a sign of a septic system failure.
Granted, it might also mean that your drain is simply clogged with hair. Try fishing out any hair and see if it helps. If the issue persists, you may be dealing with a much bigger issue.
In addition to a slow drain, a septic system failure can cause the following shower problems:
- Dirty water backing up into the shower drain
- Strong sewage odor
- Gurgling noises
PROTECT YOUR SEPTIC SYSTEM WITH THESE BEST PRACTICES
When it comes to septic system care, getting regular septic pumpings is a must. But it’s also wise to be mindful of your habits inside the home.
In terms of taking showers, try to:
- Take shorter showers. When possible, keep your showers short and sweet. Taking long showers can waste a lot of water and overwhelm your system.
- Fill the tub instead. If you want to soak in warm water for 30 minutes or more, take a bath instead.
- Install a flow reducer. Also known as a flow restrictor or water restrictor, this device decreases how much water flows through your shower head. It conserves water and saves money on your water bill.
- Fix leaks right away. If you notice a leak in your shower, get it fixed as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the more you’ll waste water and stress out your system.
CONTACT PARADISE VALLEY SEPTIC FOR PROFESSIONAL SEPTIC SERVICES
Have questions about your septic system? Talk to our team at Paradise Valley Septic. Our technicians can explain precisely what goes into your septic tank (beyond the shower water). We’re also happy to explain the best practices for other activities like doing laundry and using the dishwasher.