Things to Help Your System Run Properly

  • Distribute laundry loads over several days.
    Instead of doing many loads in one day, do one or two loads a day Run your dishwasher & washing machines only when they are full. A typical clothes washer will put up to 200 litres of water into your septic system per load of wash. Therefore, too many loads of wash can overload your system. Also avoid running the dishwasher & washing machine at the same time.
  • Use Low Water Usage Appliances
    When purchasing new appliances, make sure their water usage rate is low. There are many appliance manufacturers that produce environmentally friendly machines. Install water-saving showerheads, taps & toilet refill valves. 75% of all home water use is in the bathroom.
  • Repair all leaking taps.
    A tap leaking just one drop of water per second wastes about 10000 litres of water per year. A leaking toilet can waste up to 20 times that amount.
  • Have your septic system inspected annually.
    The septic tank should be inspected to find out how much sludge & scum has accumulated. It will also ensure that the baffles or dip pipes are funtioning properly. During the inspection, the effluent filter can be cleaned and a check for leaks is also done.
  • Have your septic tank pumped out every two years.
    The accumulation of sludge & scum can reduce the operation volume of your septic tank. If you are expecting a large number of guests, it is recommended that you have the septic tank pumped out prior to the party.

More Valuable Tips

Household Cleaning Agents
The use of strong disinfectants, bleaches or cleaning agents is not recommended for use with your septic system. The use of products such as Lysol, Pine-Sol, Tidy Bowl, Water Softeners & caustic drain cleaners such as Draino & Liquid Plumber is strongly discouraged. These cleaning agents can cause serious damage to the bacterial & enzyme cultures present in your septic system. Below you will find a list of recommended detergents & cleaning products which are compatible with your septic system.

Laundry Detergents:
Arm & Hammer
Fresh Start
Dash Bright
Fabric softener DRYER SHEETS not fabric softener

Cleaning products:
Ivory or Sunlight dish detergent
Cascade or Sunlight dishwasher detergents
Comet or Bix cleansers
Baking Soda