If you are a new homeowner or moving on your own for the first time, you may not be familiar with how the decisions you make affect the drain lines and septic system. If you want to keep everything flowing and draining properly, it's important that you take some cautionary steps. Here's a look at what you should know to protect your septic system.
Use Natural Drain Cleaners
Although drain cleaners are effective for pushing minor clogs along, they can also lead to backups if the clog doesn't move. Then, you'll have a pocket of harsh chemicals in the pipe that can be corrosive. The backup can also be problematic if you have to call a plumber, because the plumber can be exposed to a buildup of drain cleaner when they get things cleared. If you want to protect your pipes and your plumber from chemical cleaners, opt for a natural drain cleaner instead. Baking soda and vinegar make a great choice for this.
Limit The Use of Bleach and Anti-Bacterials
One of the things that many new homeowners lose sight of is the fact that everything you use to clean eventually goes down the drain. If you clean your home or your clothes with bleach or anti-bacterial cleaners, those things will then flush into your septic tank. Unfortunately, they can also disrupt the bacteria that has to grow for your septic tank to function properly. This often leads to leaks and disaster when the tank contents aren't broken down.
Avoid Draining Grease
Although you might be tempted to drain that fry pan in the sink, don't do it. Instead, put a drain can in your kitchen where you can store all of the leftover grease from cooking. That way, the grease can harden and you can scrape it out into the trash. Draining grease leads to buildup in your pipes, because the grease hardens as it flows through the pipe, forming a layer on the walls of the pipes. It also creates a space where food debris can get stuck. Over time, this layer can thicken and ultimately end up clogging the pipes completely.
When you understand how common actions can affect your plumbing system, you'll be more empowered to protect your septic system. These tips are a few of the things that can help, but they are far from the only ones. Talk with a local drain cleaning specialist or Bryco Plumbing today about how often you should have your pipes cleaned and other tips to help you keep everything flowing properly.Share