answers to your septic tank questions

answers to your septic tank questions

How To Prevent A Septic Tank From Overloading Due To Appliance Usage

by Owen Baker

When you have a septic tank for your home, you need to consider how the appliances you own can impact the way the septic tank works. Appliances that use a lot of water can easily overload a septic tank, and cause it to stop working properly. Two of the biggest offenders that you may have include a washing machine and a hot tub. If you regulate how you use them, your septic tank will remain healthy.

Washing Machine

Many homeowners see washing machines as a necessity to avoid the inconvenience of going to a laundromat, but you need to watch how you use your machine to prevent it from causing septic tank damage. Start by always using liquid laundry detergent. For gravity powered septic tanks, cheap powder detergent can cause problems because the powder hardens when it's put into cold water. The hardened powered can then cause a clog after it goes in the septic tank.

You also need to be aware of the lint that collects in your washing machine. Regularly removing the lint is important due to how lint does not settle in a septic tank. Lint will float to the top and often end up being flushed out into your drain field, which can cause a blockage. Purchase an inline water filter for the washing machine to prevent lint from reaching the septic tank. They can be found at your local home improvement store. The water filter attaches to the washing machine's discharge hose.

Also, avoid doing consecutive loads of laundry.  Space them out throughout the week so that water does not overload the tank.

Hot Tub

If you are lucky enough to have the luxury of owning a hot tub, you know how relaxing it can be to use after a long day.  The problems with hot tubs if you own a septic tank is what to do with the water when you need to drain it.  If all the water from your hot tub goes down the drain, it can stir up the solid waste that has settled at the bottom of the tank. The waste may be flushed out of the tank accidentally and go into your drain field. 

When draining a hot tub, let the water cool down significantly, and drain the all water away from the drain field and septic tank. Ideally, pour it on turf or a landscaped area, and be considerate of the water overflowing into your neighbor's property.

If you follow these tips, it should prevent your septic tank from overflowing due to a washing machine or hot tub. For more information, contact a company like Southwest Environmental.


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