Six Efficiency Tips to Keep Your Septic Tank Clean

Six Efficiency Tips to Keep Your Septic Tank Clean

If you’re the owner of a home with a septic system, you are not alone when you dread the day that you will need to call a plumber in Boise to have your septic tank pumped. Septic tank pumping costs money, and it is an inevitable task that must be performed every so often. However, the time between pumping can be anywhere from one to three years, depending on how well you maintain the health of your system. The best way to keep your septic tank cleaner for a longer period of time is to use water more efficiently in your home, and there are many easy ways to do this.

Fix Leaks

If you have a leak in your home, you are using and disposing of a lot of unnecessary water. The most frequent and costly leaks are those that occur in toilets, as they can cause the toilet to run nonstop, but leaks can occur in, under, or around any faucet, and even sometimes within your walls and ceiling. Properly maintaining your plumbing involves regularly checking for and fixing these leaks. By keeping an eye out for leaks, you will ensure that water is not wasted.

Never Let the Water Run

One of the easiest ways to cut back on water usage (if you can just remember to do it) is to turn off the faucet when you’re doing something like brushing your teeth or shaving. Many people leave the water running for the entire duration of their tooth brushing, but the truth is that water is only needed at the beginning and end of the process, and it’s the same for shaving. Don’t let the water run for a minute or more just to save yourself from having to turn it off and back on again.

Operate Appliances Responsibly

Dishwashers and washing machines use quite a lot of water when they’re running, so it is important to run them as infrequently as possible. Make sure you have a full load of clothing or dishes to wash before running either, if possible. If you have to wash less than a full load of clothing, check your washer for a dial that will appropriately turn down the water usage.

Install Aerators

Aerators are placed on the ends of faucets and are great at saving water. They are called aerators because they mix air into the water, so less water is used.

Upgrade to Be Efficient

If you have the money, you can begin upgrading the fixtures and appliances in your home to more efficient models. Shower heads are the most affordable and impactful upgrade to make, and efficient toilets are a great upgrade to. With so many ways to improve efficiency, you can’t go wrong.

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