Covid has affected so many aspects of our everyday life. Did you know it has an effect on your septic system too? Increased usage on your septic system from staying home more can have many affects.
Each septic system is designed to treat a certain amount of wastewater per day. If the household uses more water in the home, there is a potential for the system to be overused or hydraulically overloaded. It’s recommended to spread out water usage in the home, and be sure that more water is not entering the system than it was designed to accept.
Increased usage also means increased solids. Where you might have been at work or school all day previously, you are now at home. With every flush of the toilet, the solid percentage increases. Most septic tanks should be pumped every 3 – 5 years, but if you’ve spent more time at home, you may want to consider pumping every 2 – 4 years. Pumping your tank is the single best think you can do to prolong the life of your system.
According to the CDC, the virus that causes COVID-19 has been found in untreated wastewater. The EPA expects a properly managed septic system to treat COVID-19 the same way it safely manages over viruses found in wastewater. Therefore, it is extremely important to take care of your septic system so it can do its job of treating your household wastewater.
Keep your family safe and healthy from COVID-19, other viruses and bacteria. If your tank hasn’t been pumped in the past few years, it’s time to call us to schedule your appointment.