5 Ways You Can Save Water & Your Septic System.

October 26, 2015

Water conservation is an essential part of keeping the planet healthy, but it can also improve the life of your septic system. Using less water prolongs the life of your septic tank by reducing soil saturation, and reducing any pollution due to leaks. When municipal sewer systems are overused, they can also cause untreated sewage to flow to lakes and rivers. The less water there is flowing through these systems, the less likely there is to be pollution or damage.

Here are some simple and effective ways you can conserve water at home and keep your septic system running smoothly as possible, for as long as possible.

1. Take shorter showers.
Use less water by turning off the shower after lathering up, then turn it back on to rinse. A four-minute shower uses approximately 20 to 40 gallons of water.

2. Make sure your pipes are properly insulated.
Insulating your water pipes with pre-slit foam pipe insulation is easy and affordable with the right tools. This works well in two ways, you’ll get hot water faster plus avoid wasting water while it heats up.

3. Rinse your razor in the sink.
The next time fill the sink with a few inches of warm water. This will rinse your razor just as well as running water, with far less waste of water.

4. Use a broom, not a hose, to clean driveways and sidewalks.
Simple enough. A hose naturally uses an excessive amount of water, whereas a broom uses nothing but a little manpower.

5. Check faucets and pipes for leaks.A small drip from a worn faucet washer can waste 20 gallons of water per day. Larger leaks can waste hundreds of gallons. Keep your utility bill and your septic system in good shape by ensuring that all faucets and pipes are totally leak free.

We hope you’ll try these water conservation ideas. Tell us some of your water saving tips in the comments. Thank you for checking out the Bishop Thiem Blog.

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