An average American home uses 70 gallons per person a day. So a family of 4 sends an average of 280 gallons of water into their septic system per day. What if you have a leaky faucet, shower head, or a toilet that won’t stop running? Any of these very common household issues can produce 200+ gallons of wasted water per day. If your home has a septic system then all the water that you use ends up in the septic. A conservative approach to the amount of water that your family uses will reduce the risk of septic system failure.
Here are a couple ways to reduce daily water consumption…
Replace a toilet a year in your home with a new High-efficiency toilet. Most people don’t realize that their toilet use is actually 30% of their homes daily water consumption. If your home is even a few years old, chances are your toilets have 3.5- to 5-gallon reservoirs. New high-efficiency toilets use 1.6 gallons of water or less per flush. Replacing your toilets with high-efficiency models can really make a difference in the amount of water entering your septic system.
Laundry – be conscience of the size load of laundry and the washing machine settings. Something as simple as selecting the proper load size, and you reduce the amount of water waste. Another way to reduce the water entering your septic is don’t do all your laundry for the week in one day. Do a load every day instead of four loads in one day. Your septic system will have a chance to deal with the water at a much slower rate and prolong it’s lifespan. If you need to buy a new washer, look for the ENERGY STAR label. Energy Star washers use 35 percent less energy and 50 percent less water.
If you notice that water is draining slowly in your sinks or tubs, it’s probably a good time to call Conroe Septic Pumping (936) 209-5078