Many Americans are becoming more concerned about their environmental impact. Our oceans are clogged with trash, local wildlife habitat is being lost, and plastic use is increasing. We can’t manage the amount of waste we produce and its impact. These factors can have an impact on the home-buying process for those who are concerned about the environment. Many responsible buyers wonder if septic systems can have a negative effect on the environment.
Septic vs Sewer
Many homeowners don’t know what the differences are between a septic and a sewer system. While each system has its pros and cons, they both work in similar ways to remove wastewater from the environment.
Many homeowners find having a sewer system convenient because it doesn’t require any maintenance as long as there is no damage. These sewer systems can be a burden on the local infrastructure that manages the increasing volume of household waste. A septic system can help reduce the burden on your local infrastructure while also properly treating wastewater.
What is a Septic System?
The septic system is designed to filter water and prevent it from entering the soil. The septic tank is where water is pumped out of the house to a storage tank. This is the first stage in the breakdown of harmful bacteria. This tank is home to naturally occurring bacteria that breaks down any solid matter. This process is repeated in the second section so that no liquid passes into the leach lines. The water is slowly released into a drain field that has been prepared to remove any contaminants as it is pulled through the soil.
Is a septic system bad for the environment?
Some people might be still wondering if septic tanks are dangerous. A septic system is an efficient and responsible way to manage household waste. It can have negative effects on the environment and lead to costly repairs.
Responsible Use of the Septic System
Let’s take a look at how you can prevent problems by taking care of your septic system.
Watching what you flush into your system is one of the best ways to be responsible. Toilet wipes, coffee grounds and other harsh chemicals can cause problems and slow down your system’s efficiency. These substances should not be flushed into any public sewer system. These items do not decompose well and can cause blockages in the septic system as well as larger pipes in the sewer system.
Do not use grease
This one is so vital that it deserves its own section. Your septic system can be particularly damaged by grease. People often pour grease down the drain and run hot water to allow it to drain. This works most of the time. This is true at least for our drain lines within the house. They don’t consider what happens if it travels further down. This grease will solidify as it travels through your septic system and can clog your system, creating backups and potential problems.
Do not DIY Clean
There are many products and DIY options available to clean your septic tank. They are not a good option. These can cause damage to both the natural bacteria and the septic tanks. While these quick fixes might seem economical in the short-term, when it comes to repairing an under-functioning or damaged septic tank, this is something you should leave to the experts.
Professional maintenance is necessary to ensure your septic system doesn’t cause damage to the environment or your wallet. Regular inspections and tank pumping are essential. These inspections and pumping vary depending on what type of system you have and how large your tank is.
It’s a smart idea to have professionals take a look at your family and create a plan that will extend the life of the septic tank. Your septic system should generally be inspected every one to three years. To ensure proper operation, you should inspect your system more often if it has mechanical components.
The septic tank must be pumped to remove any solid matter that has built up. A clogged septic tank can cause costly repairs if it fills up beyond its capacity to handle all the wastewater. It is important to pump your tank every year to ensure that it doesn’t become too full. The frequency of pumping your tank should be every 3 to 5 year depending on the size and household of your tank.
You can have a positive environmental impact.
Your impact on the environment is as much yours as any other environmental issue. Septic systems are not harmful to the environment. Unresponsible owners are dangerous. It takes effort and time to make the world more eco-conscious. This is true for all waste management systems we use. We choose to take care of and protect the planet’s inhabitants by recycling, carpooling, reducing single-use plastics and caring for our septic tanks.
This post was written by Tanner Brown. Tanner is the Owner and operator of Greenbar Excavation. Greenbar Excavation is a fully licensed, insured, and accredited excavation and Septic Service in Prineville, Oregon. Greenbar Excavation is one of the top Don’t look further, go with the company with your best interest in mind!