Posted on: 3 October 2016Share
Saving money on your septic system is possible, but you have to make sure that you do it the correct way or it will end up costing you much more in the long run. Skipping regular maintenance and service tasks is not a good way to save cash, since this will end up producing a clogged system that requires extensive repairs to work properly again. Instead, implement some of the following tips to save some green with your septic system.
Tip #1: Flush wisely
Not everything is meant to go down the toilet – and this even includes items that are advertised as flushable. This means that you shouldn't be putting any feminine hygiene products, baby wipes, cotton balls, or other items down the toilet. As a general rule, don't flush it if it isn't toilet paper – no matter what the package says. You can even invest a little extra in toilet paper that is made to be septic safe, but it is up to you to determine if this provides any noticeable cost savings for your usage habits. This paper is designed to break down more quickly so your system doesn't clog or fill as quickly.
Tip #2: Clean with care
Your septic system needs bacteria to work properly. These good bacteria help break down waste so the system doesn't fill as quickly. Pouring bleach and other cleaners down your drains kills these bacteria and microorganisms, leading to septic problems. Make sure any cleaners you do use, especially in drains and toilets, are listed on the label as safe for septic systems. Then, use them sparingly so that you don't flood the system with too many cleaners. Not only will sparing use save you money on cleaning supplies, but it will also prevent unnecessary septic service.
Tip #3: Invest in a septic treatment
The old adage that you have to spend money to make money is true, except in this case you are spending to save. Septic treatments contain those good microorganisms that keep your system running smoothly. These treatments should be poured down a different drain or toilet each time you use them, since they will also help clean out the pipes. Follow the label instructions for frequency of use, since it may vary depending on the size of your system.
For more help maintaining and caring for your septic system, contact a septic contractor in your area.