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Going Green: How to Make Your Septic System Environmentally Friendly

“Think green!”

“Environmentally friendly!”

“Eco-friendly!”

“Energy-saving!”

You probably hear these claims about household products and appliances regularly, as more and more Americans become “environmentally conscious” about using less, saving more, and recycling. But, does this apply to your septic system? Is it possible to make your septic system eco-friendlier?

As a matter of fact, it is.

By nature, your septic system is already environmentally conscious. First, it only has two major components: a septic tank and a disposal area (the drain field). It’s a relatively simple system when you think how just about everything else in your home today has a computer chip – including most of your major appliances. Even your thermostat might be voice-controlled these days.

The tried and true septic tank remains as simple and effective at waste removal today as it was 30 years ago. And, with proper maintenance and treatment, your current system can last just as many years.

Simple, effective, environmentally safe.
Your septic system removes disease-causing pathogens, bacteria, and chemicals from your wastewater every day. When sewage from your home’s toilets, and wastewater from your sinks and bathtubs flows into your septic tank, naturally-existing bacteria breaks down the waste and turns it into scum, sludge, and liquid effluent.

Solids settle to the bottom of your tank, and grease and fats rise to the top to form a layer of scum. Between the layers, the clear liquid effluent drains into your drain field where your soil absorbs it back into the ground.

The live bacteria in the septic tank continues to work hard to digest the solids and convert them into gases. When you keep this bacteria happy and healthy, your septic system keeps you and your family happy and healthy, too.

It’s pretty simple and pretty amazing that something that does such an important job in your home does it without chemicals or computer chips.

So, how do you keep your septic system healthy? Go green and follow these guidelines:

  • Dispose of non-biodegradable materials elsewhere. Never put grease, feminine products or diapers, cat litter, medications, lint, or medications down your drains. These items will disrupt your eco-friendly system and could cause major sewage backups.
  1. Put your coffee grounds in the trash. Or dispose of them in the soil around your outdoor or potted plants.
  2. Septic tanks are no place for toxins. Never put drain cleaners, antibacterial soaps, bleaches, or any other chemically-based cleaning products down your drains.
  3. Dispose of paint properly. Paint is perhaps one of the worst things you can put down a drain into your septic tank. It can clog the tank and disrupt the drain field.

We leave you with one final thought to contemplate: your septic system is already an environmentally-friendly system. What can you do to help it stay that way?

Have questions about your tank, drain field, or pumps? At Paradise Septic, we are experts in the field! One of our experienced technicians will be happy to answer all your questions and assist you with regularly scheduled maintenance. Give us a call or send us a message.

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