Laundry day might not seem harmful, except maybe to the person who has to spend their time on this boring and never-ending chore. However, doing a lot of laundry can be harmful to your septic tank and system. Here's why.
1. Water Can Overload Your Septic Tank
Some people space out their laundry throughout the week. If you can't imagine washing a load of clothes every day, though, you might be someone who designates a certain laundry day to take care of all your clothes at the same time.
For many families, this means that multiple loads of clothes have to be washed all in one day. After your washing machine finishes washing one load of clothes, you might toss them in the dryer and then load up your washing machine again for another round.
This might seem like an effective way to get your laundry done without having to worry about it all week long, but this way of doing laundry can cause problems for your septic system.
Your washing machine creates a lot of wastewater with each load of clothing that you wash. Newer washing machines that are designed to conserve water might not use as much water as older machines do. However, a significant amount of water is still being used, especially if you're washing larger loads.
Your septic tank is designed for you to wash a load of clothing here and there throughout the week. What your system might not be able to handle, though, is multiple loads being washed all in a row. This is a lot of water that your septic tank has to deal with, and the tank doesn't have time to get caught up.
Get in the habit of doing fewer loads of laundry at one time. Also, reduce your water usage as much as possible by choosing an eco-friendly washing machine that conserves water and by using the appropriate setting for the size of your loads of clothing.
2. Clogs Can Be Created in Your Septic Lines
When you wash dirty clothing, clogs might be created. A little bit of regular dirt and grime is to be expected when you're washing a load of clothes. However, clumps of mud or dirt, pieces of plastic packaging, or other items that might be left in the pockets of your clothing can cause clogs.
If clothing is especially dirty, try shaking off dirt, sand, and other debris outside rather than tossing the overly dirty clothing in your washing machine. Scraping off any caked-on mud or other substances before tossing your clothing in the washing machine is also smart. Also, check your pockets to get rid of any trash, and check that no extra items have fallen into the laundry basket before putting your load into the washing machine.
These habits will help you prevent clogs in your septic system. These tasks will also help you maintain your washing machine and help your clothes come out cleaner too.
3. Chemicals Can Affect Your Septic Tank's Performance
The chemicals that you use in your laundry can have an effect on your septic tank's performance. Regular laundry detergent should be fine, but be careful about adding a lot of bleach or other chemicals to your loads of clothing. Some bleach is fine, but don't overdo it.
Also, measure out your laundry detergent so you don't use too much; too much soap can affect your septic system and damage your clothes.
If you're having problems with your septic tank or if you want to learn how to take better care of it, contact us at American Waste Septic today.