When you wash a load of laundry, do you think about where the waste water ends up? It all ends up in your wastewater pipes. If you have a septic system, the waste water flows into it and adds to the volume of water in the tank. If you're connected to a public sewer, your pipes carry the waste water to the sewer connection line. In either situation, it's important to keep your plumbing in mind when doing laundry. Here are a few tips to help you do laundry in a way that's less likely to cause damage to your system.
If you have a septic system, spread loads of laundry out throughout the week.
Doing 10 loads of laundry on Sunday night may be too much for your septic system to handle, especially if your tank is aging or is ready to be pumped out. Spread your wash throughout the week, so you're slowly sending water into the tank and giving it time to leech out into your yard in between loads.
Use bleach sparingly.
Bleach is great for whitening your whites, but it's also pretty hard on your pipes. A load or two of wash with bleach here and there won't hurt, but make sure you're only using as much bleach as you need – otherwise you may find that your pipes become worn out prematurely. If you have a septic system, you should be particularly careful about using bleach, since it kills off the bacteria in your septic tank that are meant to break down solid waste. If you do use bleach, consider purchasing a bacterial supplement for your septic tank from a local home improvement store, and use it according to the package instructions to replenish the bacteria in your system.
Install a lint trap.
The water that flows out of your washing machine carries along with it plenty of lint – along with other grit like hair and bits of sand. These items may contribute to a clogged pipe, and they can also build up in your septic tank, contributing to an overflow. Install a lint trap either directly in the wastewater line leading from your washing machine, or over the end of the pipe that discharges water into your drain or laundry sink.
No one wants to deal with a clogged pipe or an overflowing septic tank. By taking the proper laundry precautions, you can reduce your risk of these malfunctions and keep spending your Sunday nights relaxing instead of making emergency calls to the plumber.
For more tips, contact a local plumbing company, like Biggerstaff Plumbing Heating & Air.