Did you know that doing laundry affects a septic system’s health? The correlation is more indirect, but the ramifications are quite serious. We’ll explain how a seemingly harmless chore like washing clothes can cause harm to the septic system.
Laundry and Septic Systems: What’s the Connection?
The average American household completes about 300 loads of laundry every year. Depending on the washer model and setting, the appliance may use anywhere from five to 45 gallons of water per wash cycle.
Why is this bad for the septic system? The wastewater from the wash cycle exits the appliance and enters the septic tank. The septic system needs time to separate the waste from the water. A sudden surge of water can disrupt the tank’s treatment solutions. This leads to plumbing backups and a flooded drain field. Continue Reading →