5 tips for a good Septic System maintenance by EPA

Sep 23, 2015 | written by:

From September 21-25, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is holding its third annual SepticSmart Week, in order to inform homeowners about septic system maintenanceby getting SepticSmart. Did you know that nearly one in five U.S. homes have septic systems? If you’re not properly maintaining your septic system, you’re not only hurting the environment, you’re putting your family’s health at risk.

EPA’s SepticSmart initiative is a nation-wide public education effort that aims to informhomeowners and provide valuable resources to help them make important decisions regarding their wastewater management needs. Here we can found some tips.

What is a Septic System? A septic system onsite process household waste consisting of blackwater (toilet waste) and greywater (kitchen and laundry waste). The septic system naturally treats and purifies this wastewater and returns it safely to the environment to recharge groundwater supplies.

How do I operate a healthy Septic System?

  • Conserving water. So, turn off the faucet while brushing your teeth, repair leaky faucets, replace old toilets with new low flow or dual flush models.
  • Keep drains clean. If it’s not biodegradable, it doesn’t belong in the system.
  • Schedule Regular Septic System Maintenance. Most septic tanks need pumping every three to five years. High water usage may result in the need for more frequent service.
  • Encourage the right plants. Plant beneficial evergreens, such as pines, and grass, to prevent soil erosion.
  • Avoid physical damage. Don’t drive over your septic system and don’t cover it with a structure, concrete or blacktop.
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