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3 Tips To Prevent Your Dishwasher From Causing Septic System Problems

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When people think about the septic tank and its accompanying system, they often think about wastewater from the toilets in their homes. Even though the septic system does handle this waste, it also handles all of the other wastewater from your home. This means that your septic system takes care of the water from your showers, bathtubs, washing machines and dishwashers. Along with being careful about what you flush down the toilet to prevent septic system problems, you should also be careful about the other wastewater in your home, too, such as the water that is used while your dishwasher is cleaning your dishes. These are a few things that you can do to prevent your dishwasher from causing septic system problems.

1. Avoid Running Your Dishwasher Too Often

If you run your dishwasher too often, it can put an unnecessary strain on your septic system. This is particularly true if wastewater is coming from other parts of your home at the same time, such as from the shower, toilet or washing machine. Instead, only run your dishwasher when it is full. Along with avoiding problems with your dishwasher, this can also help you save on your water and electric bills.

2. Scrape Your Dishes Properly

Another thing to consider is whether you are scraping your dishes properly before putting them in the dishwasher. Some food particles might not seem like a big deal, but leaving too much food on your dishes can contribute to drain clogs and septic system issues. Plus, if you fail to scrape your dishes as you should before putting them in your dishwasher, you also have to worry about your dishwasher wearing out prematurely.

3. Use Fewer Rinse Cycles

When choosing the setting to use on your dishwasher, look for the one that uses the least number of rinse cycles. For everyday dishes that have been scraped properly before being put in the dishwasher, there is generally no reason to use a "heavy duty" or "pots and pans" setting. Use these settings sparingly to reduce the impact on both your septic system and your dishwasher and to reduce the amount of water and electricity that are used in your home.

As you can see, there are a few things that you can do to prevent your dishwasher from causing septic system problems. Follow these tips if you want to keep your septic system in the best possible shape -- and if you want to avoid other issues, such as causing your dishwasher to wear out prematurely or using more water and electricity than you have to. For more tips, talk with a company like Lutzky Contracting.


5 July 2016