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3+ Ways to Conserve Water to Maintain Your Septic System

Updated on August 24, 2017

When a homeowner first purchases a home with a septic system, they usually take the time to learn about them, learn how to maintain them, and so on.

The one thing that these homeowners will come across more than anything is that they need to conserve water to make sure that their septic system needs the least amount of repairs possible. This is because the less water that goes through the system, the less work the system has to do. This is all it usually takes to make a septic system last longer than it should.

For example, a car that is driven for five hours every single day will need more repairs and break down sooner than a car that is only driven for one hour every day. This is the same way that septic systems work.

Homeowners can follow these tips to make sure that they conserve water, helping out both their septic system and the environment.

Save water when showering

Most people have no idea how much water they use when they take a shower. An extremely short shower of five minutes can still use 20 gallons of water. When a homeowner looks at the big picture, it’s easy to see that the little things still count when it comes to conserving water.

Families can conserve water when they take showers by following these easy steps:

  • Turn on the water, and get the body and hair wet
  • Turn off the water while soaping the body and washing the hair
  • Turn on the water to rinse

Following these simple steps can help homeowners save hundreds of dollars on their water bill, help the environment, and it can help homeowners save money on their septic system.

If it’s yellow, let it mellow

Everyone that lives in a home that is trying to conserve water has heard this saying. This is because the average American household uses more than 300 gallons of water every single day. Every single flush of the toilet uses a gallon of water, so it’s understandable that families can use that much water in a day. It also makes sense that every little bit will help.

Families that follow this rule usually toss their toilet tissue in the trash can, and only flush the toilet if it smells or if they do a number two. This can help homeowners save at least ten or twenty gallons of water a day, and it means that less waste is going through the septic system. When less waste goes through the septic system, it will help it last longer.

Energy efficient appliances

Updating the appliances will be well worth it when homeowners see how much money they save. Low flow toilets will not use a gallon of water every time they are flushed, and energy efficient washers are designed to only use the water that they must.

Most homeowners are amazed at the money that they save on their water bill after they upgrade their washers and switch to low flow toilets.

Turn off the water

Another major way that homeowners can conserve water is to turn it off when they are not using it. No one leaves the faucet running all day for no reason, but there are plenty of times that the faucet is running when it doesn’t have to be.

For example, when people brush their teeth they usually leave the faucet running for the entire time. Instead, homeowners can turn on the water to wet their toothbrush, turn it off while they brush, and then turn it back on to rinse their mouth out.

Homeowners can also turn off the water while they are washing their hands, and then turn it back on to rinse the soap off their hands. If the water is not being used, simply turn it off to conserve gallons of water every day.

Every drop of water that goes down the drain winds up going through the pipes and the septic tank. Septic systems are designed to handle that amount of water, but it can also mean that they will wear out faster. Homeowners can make sure that their septic system doesn’t need that many repairs and that it lasts longer than it should by conserving water.

© 2017 Amber Lynn

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