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Septic System Dos

Updated: Nov 20, 2018

From maintenance to appliances, here are 5 "Septic System Dos" to help ensure your system runs properly. Have a question? Leave a comment, send us a message or visit the Ken White Construction Facebook page!


1) Distribute Laundry Loads over Several Days

Instead of doing many loads in one day, do one or two loads per day. Run your dishwasher & washing machines only when they are full. A typical washing machine will put up to 200 litres of water into your septic system per load. Therefore, too many loads of wash can overload your system. Lastly, avoid running your washing machine & dishwasher at the same time.

2) Use Low Water Usage Appliances

75% of all home water use is in the bathroom. You can reduce this stress on your septic system with low water usage appliances. These appliances have a low flow which reduces the amount of water used daily. Low water usage appliances are also better for the environment. Install water-saving showerheads, taps & toilet refill valves. Especially when purchasing new appliances, make sure their water usage rate is low.

3) Repair all Leaking Appliances

A tap leaking just one drop of water per second wastes about 10,000 litres of water per year. A leaking toilet can waste up to 20 times that amount. By repairing these leaks, you are reducing any extra flow & stress on your septic system.


4) Have Septic Tank Pumped Every 3-5 Years

The accumulation of sludge & scum can reduce the operation volume of your septic tank. Stay ahead of the issue & ensure your septic system runs properly by having it pumped. If your septic tank is not serviced properly, it will back up. If you are expecting a large number of guests, it is recommended that you have the septic tank pumped out prior to the party due to the extra flow volume.

5) Household Cleaning Agents

The use of strong disinfectants, bleaches or cleaning agents is not recommended for use with your septic system. The use of water softeners & caustic drain cleaners is also strongly discouraged. These cleaning agents can cause serious damage to the bacterial & enzyme cultures present in your septic system.  


Most importantly, if you ever suspect a problem or don't know the best practices, contact a licensed professional.

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