Did you know that more than one-fifth of U.S. households utilize an individual onsite septic system or small community cluster septic system to treat their wastewater? These systems treat and dispose of relatively small volumes of wastewater and include a wide range of options to process household and commercial sewage.
Onsite septic systems provide a cost-effective, long-term option for treating wastewater, particularly in sparsely populated areas. When properly installed, operated, and maintained, these systems help protect public health, preserve valuable water resources, and maintain a community’s economic vitality.
Gold Seal Plumbing would like to share helpful tips to keep your septic system running smoothly:
Think at the Sink: What goes down the drain has a big impact on your septic system. Fats, grease, and solids can clog a system’s pipes and drain field. Gold Seal Plumbing offers Total-C®, a professional drain maintaining product that can be used to clear all household drains and septic systems. It is the best way to keep clogs from happening. Total-C® keeps organic materials such as grease, soaps, fats, and detergents from building up in your pipes.
Don’t Overload the Commode: A toilet is not a trash can. Disposable diapers and wipes, feminine hygiene products, coffee grounds, cigarette butts, and cat litter can damage a septic system.
Don’t Strain Your Drain: Use water efficiently and stagger use of water-based appliances. Too much water use at once can overload a system that hasn’t been pumped recently. At Gold Seal Plumbing, we have water saving faucets and fixtures that can reduce the strain, so you don’t have to think about it.
Shield Your Field: Tree and shrub roots, cars, and livestock can damage your septic drain field.
Keep It Clean: Contamination can occur when a septic system leaks due to improper maintenance. Be sure your drinking water is safe to drink by testing it regularly.
Protect It and Inspect It: Regular septic system maintenance can save homeowners thousands of dollars in repairs and protect public health.
Pump Your Tank: Ensure your septic tank is pumped at regularly intervals as recommended by a professional and/or local permitting authority. For more information on septic systems, go to www.epa.gov/septic.