I’m about to offer you the best information out there for how to make your septic system last longer — and it’s free! The best way to take care of your septic system is understanding the fact that everything that makes its way into your septic system, is a direct result of the actions of those in the home.

  • Your son leaves the water on while brushing their teeth.
  • You have a leaky toilet.
  • You do all your laundry at once.

If you are more aware that everything you do that involves your plumbing leads to the septic system, you will tend to be more mindful of what you are putting down your drain. My daughter loves a full bath tub, she would take a bath every night if I let her. I don’t let her because a full bath tub is quite a strain on a septic system. I don’t want the septic system to be harmed so I restrict her baths to a few nights a week and I require her to take showers the rest of the time.

Think Of It This Way…

Many of us are mindful about what we put in our bodies when it comes to eating food. We may eat great for a while, consistently choosing to make healthy eating part of our routine, and then there are times when the most healthy thing we eat in a week is pizza. Eating bad once in a while is definitely not going to kill you, but it could have compounding effects that accumulate over time. Things like high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and diabetes can all be side effects of not eating properly and the culmination of bad habits. Your septic system is kind of like a human body, it directly responds to what you put into it. You know that when you are eating healthy, you feel better. This is true for your septic system as well.

Being aware of what you are putting into your system can have incredible benefits for the health of your septic. You would not go eat a box of sugary, blobs of fat and carbohydrates and then expect to perform at your best. Your septic system functions on a biological process just like your body, and the more junk you put in there the lower the performance will be. Putting things that disrupt your living septic system can have the same results. Items that you should never introduce into your septic are:

  • Diapers
  • Cat Litter
  • Coffee Grounds
  • Harsh Household Cleaners
  • Excessive Amounts of Grease

This is by no means a definitive list, but if you have any question about putting something down the drain, it is probably best to just throw it in the trash. Septic systems work by separating solids from liquids and the more large solids that end up in the tank, the faster it will fill up.  Of course, like regular exercise for your body, a little maintenance can go a long way to preserving the health of your septic system. Pumping, inspections, and general upkeep are all great ways to enhance the fitness of your system. Keep it running the best it can with Willey & Co.            

Regular Maintenance Is The Key

Septics are very resilient, they can handle a lot of stress. However, continued abuse is usually the culprit of system failure. Regular maintenance like inspections and pumpings are incredibly good at increasing the lifespan to a septic system, but an awareness of what’s happening when you use the plumbing systems is a fool proof way of extending the life of your septic system. Septic systems cost quite a bit of money and regulations are constantly requiring more and more expense. It’s well worth your time to gain this perspective. Our website has a ton of great information to help your understanding. We also are your definitive septic pumping, installation, and maintenance professionals in Kent and Sussex Counties. The opportunity to serve the septic, well drilling, and irrigation needs of our neighbors for more than 40 years has made us a steady part of the community. If you have any questions about septic system care, maintenance or any other questions, please contact us for service and solutions.