There are many things you can do to proactively prevent damage to your septic system from washing laundry. Below is a list of very simple substitutions you can make to keep your clothing clean while protecting your home's septic system at the same time.
Use a High-Efficiency Washing Machine Not a Water Hogging Machine
Every load of laundry you wash dumps a lot of water into your septic tank. You can keep at least half of this water out of your system by simply using a high-efficiency washing machine rather than a water-hogging model.
Use Liquid Laundry Detergent Not Powdered Laundry Detergent
When washing laundry with a septic system, you should always use a liquid laundry detergent. Powdered laundry detergents contain clay particles that are used as binders for the detergents and other chemicals. These clay particles will sink to the bottom of your septic tank and form a substance similar to wet concrete. For this reason, you should always use liquid laundry soaps with septic tanks to avoid introducing clay particles into the system.
Important Note: If your home has an alternative septic system that uses an aerator, then you should use a powdered laundry detergent. While clay particles are still an issue, liquid laundry detergents foam too much for aerators and can cause a lot of unnecessary problems.
Use an Oxygen Bleach Not a Chlorine Bleach
Chlorine bleach is inexpensive, but it is also harmful to the bacteria that live in your septic tank. However, while it is a bit more expensive, oxygen bleach such as Oxyclean is a lot better for the health of your septic tank's bacteria. For this reason, you should choose oxygen bleach over chlorine bleach to get your clothes clean and disinfected.
Use a Lint Filter Not a Clear Drain Line
In conclusion, it is important to note that each time you wash clothes, small fibers will come loose and travel down with the drain water into your septic tank. Since many clothing items today are made of synthetic fibers, the bacteria in your septic tank can't digest them, and they will linger around until the next time the tank is pumped out. To prevent their presence, you can install a small, inexpensive filter behind your washing machine to trap the lint. Using a lint filter rather than a clear drain line greatly lessens the damage your laundry does to your home's septic tank.
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