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5 Ways To Protect Your Septic System When Doing Laundry

Our Longwood septic pumping team has seen its fair share of septic system issues due to poor laundry practices. So, we’ve compiled a few tips on how to avoid an annoying septic system blockage.

Have you ever heard horror stories about someone’s yard being flooded due to their septic tank malfunctioning? While there can be many reasons for this malfunction, one that you might not think of (but is definitely possible) is your washing machine. Don’t get us wrong – your septic system can handle a lot of wastewater. However, there are things you can do to ensure your washing machine’s wastewater doesn’t disrupt the day-to-day operations of your septic system. Let’s take a closer look at five things you can do to ensure your septic system continues to function efficiently (without the constant need for Longwood septic pumping services).

Use Laundry Detergents Wisely

Your septic tank relies on the naturally occurring bacteria inside your system to dissolve and consume the solid waste that makes its way inside. However, most liquid and powder detergents have chemicals like phosphates and surfactants. These chemicals can kill the helpful bacteria in septic tanks, making it harder for the tank to break down waste properly.

Too much detergent, especially powder, can harm your septic system. Excess powder may clump together inside the tank, potentially causing blockages in the system’s inflow lines. This could lead to sewage and wastewater backing up into your home and a recommendation for setting up a Longwood septic pumping appointment. To avoid issues like these, your best bet is to use the correct amount of detergent per laundry load.  

Clean Lint Filters Regularly

Beyond cleaning your link filter to avoid a dryer malfunction or fire, regularly cleaning your filter can help keep your septic system in working order. If the filter gets clogged, lint clumps may escape into the septic system, potentially causing severe clogs in the lines. Any lint that enters the septic tank can accumulate over time, forming a thick layer of non-organic fibers, reducing your tank’s capacity and potentially causing further issues.

Install Efficient Washing Machines

Energy-efficient washing machines offer numerous benefits, primarily by reducing water usage compared to traditional models. This reduction in water consumption directly impacts your septic system, as less water entering the tank means a decreased risk of overload and fewer chances of system malfunctions. 

Don’t Overload the System

To protect your septic system, avoid overloading your washing machine with too many loads of laundry in a short time. Washing machines use a lot of water, and if too much wastewater enters the tank quickly, it may force the tank to release waste before it’s processed. This can lead to drainfield clogging and contamination, which are costly to fix. Consider your septic tank’s size and space out laundry loads accordingly, especially if you have an older system with a smaller tank. 

Maintain Your Septic System Regularly Longwood septic pumping

Regular check-ups and Longwood septic pumping appointments are essential for keeping your septic system in top shape. Following our recommended schedule for septic services helps prevent expensive problems and keeps your system running smoothly. You can take it a step further and work to avoid blockages by being cautious about what goes down the drain. Doing so ensures efficient flow from your home to the septic tank. 

Septic Tank Frequently Asked Questions

How often should I pump my septic tank?

Septic tanks typically need to be pumped every 3 to 5 years. However, the frequency may vary depending on factors such as household size, water usage, and the tank’s size. It’s best to consult a Longwood septic pumping company to determine the ideal pumping schedule for your specific system.

What can I do to maintain a healthy septic system?

To maintain a healthy septic system, it’s important to avoid flushing non-biodegradable items such as wipes, sanitary products, and grease down the drain. Additionally, conserving water, fixing leaks promptly, and scheduling regular inspections and pump-outs can help prevent issues and prolong the lifespan of your septic system.

How can I tell if my septic system needs servicing?

Signs that indicate your septic system may need servicing include 

  • slow drains 
  • gurgling sounds in the plumbing
  • sewage odors in and around the house 
  • pooling water or lush vegetation near the drain field
  • sewage backups

If you notice any of these signs, contact one of our septic professionals to assess the problem and make any repairs to prevent further damage.

Choose Acme For Your Longwood Septic Pumping

We continually stand out as the go-to choice for reliable and efficient Longwood septic pumping. With decades of experience in the industry, our team is well-equipped to handle all septic pumping requirements promptly and professionally. Whether routine maintenance or emergency pumping, you can trust Acme to deliver exceptional service and ensure your septic system operates smoothly. Contact us today to schedule your septic tank pumping!

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