Septic System Care, Tips & Maintenance
The average water usage in a typical single-family home is approximately 70 gallons per person, per day. This is based upon regular, normal usage. Saving water and using it efficiently is so important for saving money but it's equally important to save your septic system. Be sure to fix any leaking plumbing fixtures too, as this can overwork your septic system and also cost you extra money in your water bill
A running toilet can waste as much as 200 gallons of water per day. That's almost all of the water usage for the entire day of a family of three. Next time you have to "jiggle" the handle on your toilet after you flush, you may want to consider replacing the fill valve and flapper
All of the water used in a houshold goes down the drain and ends up into the septic system. By using less water or practice conserving water, it can be a valuable tool to have your septic system work more efficiently and reduces the risk of problems..
Since toilets us a significant amount of water in your household, it would be a good idea to replace any older toilets (3.5 gallons or higher) with today's more efficient models that only use 1.6 gallons per flush
Another way to conserve water is by changing your laundry days. Each time you go though cycle you are sending more waste water down into the septic system. By doing laundy over the course of the week opposed to doing all of it on a single day, it will allow your septic system time to recover and treat the waste properly. This can help avoid problems and even flooding your drainfield
You also may consider replacing your washing machine if it's an older one. Newer models, although they have been around for quite some time now, are considered water savors. Look for a machine that has the Energy Star label on it.