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Water Conservation and Septic Systems

Septic System

According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the average home wastes about 180 gallons of water each week, which translates into more than 9,000 gallons of wasted water each year. So water conservation is a goal that every person should work towards.

For those homeowners with septic systems, water conservation is even more critical. All septic systems have water capacity limits. And when you exceed this limit, the system may overload, which could result in extensive damage. Read on to learn what practical steps you can take to avoid overloading your septic system.

Regularly Check for Leaks

Checking for leaks around your home should be standard practice, and the best place to begin this process is your water bill. If you notice an uptick in your water bills but you haven't made any appliance updates or changed your usage habits, you're likely experiencing a leak.

Inspect your home to try and find where the leak is coming from. If you can't find the source of the problem, hire a professional. Professional plumbers are trained to look for signs that others might not notice. If you or your plumber finds a leak, make sure you address the issue right away.

A leaking toilet can waste thousands of gallons of water per month, which is thousands more gallons of water being added to your tank, and other appliances with serious leaks can waste similar amounts of water. So you will definitely save money by fixing the problem as soon as possible.

Only Wash Full Loads

Washing machines and dishwashers are vital tools in a household, but make certain you're just operating these appliances when you have a full load. A dishwasher uses between 4 and 15 gallons of water with each cycle.

So if you're washing three partial loads throughout the day, that's as much as 45 gallons of water pouring into the tank. Combining these small loads into one large load would save as much as 30 gallons of water each day.

Similarly, when using your washing machine, you should not only avoid small loads but also washing several loads in one day. For example, instead of washing four loads today, wash two today and two tomorrow.

Reduce Shower Time

At the end of a hectic and stressful day, a long, hot shower is a great way to relax. But this practice is also a major source of water waste. Home Water Works reports that the average person showers for around 8 minutes, which equates to about 17 gallons of water usage per shower.

So if each person in a four-person family takes one shower per day, they are using almost 70 gallons of water on showers alone. However, simply reducing the amount of they take to shower could dramatically decrease how much water is used.

You can also increase your water conservation efforts by installing low-flow shower heads. These shower heads function the same as normal ones but waste much less water.

Upgrade When Necessary

Septic tanks are designed to accommodate the size of your home and your water usage needs. As changes arise in these areas, you should reassess whether or not your tank is equipped to handle these demands.

The average person uses 88 gallons of water per day according to the EPA, so factor in the number of people in your household, as well as the usage habits of all your water-based appliances, to determine if it's time to upgrade your tank.

Apply these tips to your home to protect your septic system and the environment. If you need additional assistance on how to avoid a system overload or for any of your upgrade needs, Dr. Flush, Inc. is here to help.