We understand the stress and concern that COVID-19 has been causing for our communities. As corporate citizens, we’re doing everything we can to minimize the spread of the virus. Not only is it important to keep your hands as clean as possible, but your septic system, too. By following these 3 steps to cleaning your septic, you can put more focus on your family’s health and safety.
We recommend all average-sized households schedule an inspection and pumping of the septic tank every 2 to 3 years, but in practicing social distancing by staying at home, your septic could be building up waste a bit faster than it has in the past. Routine maintenance can extend the life of your septic system, so you won’t have to worry about heavy-duty, costly fixes. Best of all, our pumping and inspections are top-notch and don’t require extensive human contact to get the job done.
Use Water Efficiently
We want you to be able to continue practicing good hygiene, especially during trying times like this. And more people bunkered down at home also means likely increased water usage. All that water ends up in the septic system and with more water entering, there’s a greater risk of septic failure. Don’t panic! You can improve water efficiency by:
- Choosing the proper load size for your washing machine or only running full loads of laundry; this will reduce water waste.
- Spread laundry loads across the week. While doing it all in one day may save time, it could do more harm than good.
- Don’t keep the water running the whole time while washing dishes. Instead, only turn on the water when it’s time to rinse.
- When washing your hands, scrub with soap before turning on the water to rinse them.
- Don’t leave the faucet running as you brush your teeth. Just turn the water on to rinse your mouth and brush.
Minimize Heavy-Duty Cleaners
With everything going on, you may have the urge to clean your home top to bottom with disinfecting chemicals and products. That’s valid! We just ask that you be very careful about how you dispose of them. Tiny microorganisms live inside your septic tank that breaks down the solid waste that exits your house.
Excessive drain cleaners and other chemicals tend to kill off these helpful organisms. If possible, we recommend using soap and hygiene products that are labeled safe for septic systems. If you’re having a hard time finding these, then try diluting the extremely strong chemicals with water or throw away, not flush, any cleaning towels or wipes.
With a lot of area businesses temporarily shutting down, know that our dedicated team is still here to help! We can answer any questions you have regarding your septic system maintenance. Send us a message online or give us a call at 800-595-7907.