Tips To Limit Waste Going To Your Septic Tank

Whether you just built a home with a septic tank or you are going from a sewage system to a septic tank, you can save yourself a great deal of time, money, and headaches by learning how to get the most out of your waste system. This is especially true since using a septic tank usually means living outside of city limits, where you can actually put some of your waste to work.

Don't Flush Every Time

This is a hard thing for people to get used to, but it's a savvy tip to use if you want to avoid excessive waste. Every time you flush, you waste gallons of water that don't need to be wasted. When you generate liquid waste from your body, simply put the lid down. Flush the toilet when it actually needs flushed instead of just doing it out of habit.

Don't Flush Paper Products

You should always limit the paper products you flush down the toilet regardless of whether you use a septic tank or not. However, these items fill up a septic tank faster than you really want to think about and some of them can be useful elsewhere. Try keeping a separate waste can for things like sanitary napkins. Add your toilet paper to a small bin you keep in place for composting. The toilet paper can help make up the "brown" portion of your compost.

Make Use of Leftovers and Other Food Waste

There are several things you can do with your leftovers and other food waste other than rinsing them down the sink. Even if you have a garbage disposal, that waste is eventually going to make its way to your septic tank and may even clog your pipes.

  • Use garden scraps to regrow foods like scallions, garlic, and celery.
  • Add kitchen scraps to your compost bin or offer them to a neighbor with hogs if you don't have them.
  • Water your plants with old coffee or sprinkle old coffee grounds on top of the soil.

Limit How Much Water You Use

Flushing the toilet less frequently is a great start, but there are other ways you can limit the amount of water you use.

  • Add bricks or plastic jugs of water to the toilet tank to reduce the amount of water required to fill the tank.
  • Fix all water leaks immediately.
  • Take showers instead of baths.
  • Shut the water off when you aren't using it, such as when you brush your teeth or wash dishes.

The less waste you add to your septic tank, the longer you can go without having septic tank pumping done. If you think your tank does need pumped, consider having it done before the cold season in order to avoid the increased chances of clogging that can occur during the cold season. Talk to a professional like All County Operations to get their opinion.