Bathroom Versus Your Septic System - Four Ways To Reduce The Amount Of Water In Your Septic Tank

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If you are a homeowner on a septic system, there are several things that you can do to not only extend the life of your system, but to extend the time between having your system pumped by a company like Walters Environmental Services Inc. One of the most important things that you can do is to reduce the amount of water that is entering into your system. One of the rooms where you have the greatest potential for water loss is in your bathroom. Here are four suggestions that will help you to reduce water flow from this location.

1.  Determine Your Usage

Most homes that are on a septic system also have a well. This often means that there is no water meter that detects the amount of water that your home is using. Installing a meter is a good investment.

They are relatively inexpensive, an easy installation, and a great way to detect how much water your home is using. This will give you a great idea of how much water is going into your septic system, as well as give you a way to monitor the reduction of water once you have identified, and eliminated, your excessive use.

Once you have one installed the easiest way to detect if you have a leak in your home, is to simply monitor your meter when you are not running water in your home. If your meter is moving, then you know that you have a leak, as well as an idea of how big the leak is. 

2.  Check Your Faucets

Do you have a leaky faucet? If you do, watch and time the drip. If you are getting a drip every second, that can add up to more than 3,000 gallons per year. To put this into perspective, that is as much water as an average person would use to take 180 showers.

Most leaky faucets are easy to fix by simply replacing the washers and gaskets. If you choose to replace the faucets, you can find some really great bargains at your local thrift shop, or rehab stores. Those that carry a WaterSense label will be the most water efficient.

3.  Check Your Toilets

If your float valve is sticking on your toilet, it will often cause your toilets to run continuously. You will often notice this when your toilets refill themselves when no one is in the bathroom. A leak here can account for a major loss of water. 

To check to see if your toilet bowl is leaking water, all you have to do is to simply place several drops of food coloring into your toilet tank. Check after 30 minutes to see if this coloring shows up in your toilet bowl. If it does you have a leak. 

Another common place that your toilet may be leaking is from the fill valve that lets water into your tank, this can also cause your toilet to run continuously. Both are very easy, and inexpensive repairs.

If you have had your toilet for a number of years, you may want to consider replacing your toilet with one of the low flush models that are on the market. These can be a great investment, and can reduce the amount of water that your toilet is using to less than half of what a regular toilet will use. These can be found under the label of most major manufacturers, and come in a wide variety of prices.

4.  Check Your Showerhead

While it is common for your showerhead to dribble for a few minutes after the water is turned off, it should not still be dripping an hour or two later. Even if it is only dripping 10 times each minute, this can easily add up to 500 gallons per year. For that amount of water, you could run your dishes in your dishwasher every night for two months.

There are several reasons that your shower may leak:

  • You may have a build up of mineral deposits in the showerhead itself.
  • There may be a worn rubber o ring or washer in your showerhead.
  • You may just have a loose connection between your showerhead and your hose.

All of them are relatively easy fixes with tools that most homeowners already have on hand. If the build up on your showerhead is really bad, or you just want to save additional water usage in your bathroom, you may want to consider replacing the head with a low flow model. This too will reduce the amount of water that you use in the shower.

By simply eliminating the excessive water that is running from this location, you will make great strides in reducing the amount of water that is flowing into your septic system. This will put you well on your way to having a healthier system.

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21 January 2015

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