How Upgrading Plumbing Fixtures Can Extend the Life of Your Septic System

One of the best ways to ensure your septic system enjoys a long, happy life is to be mindful about what is going into it, which includes keeping an eye on how much water is being flushed into the system. Not only can excess water overwhelm your septic tank, but it is also one of the main causes of system failure. One easy way to cut back on the amount of water being flushed into your septic system is upgrading your home’s plumbing fixtures with more efficient models.

Low-Flow Toilets

With the average person flushing five times a day, toilets account for nearly 27% of the average household’s indoor water use. The largest source by far. In fact, relying on an older toilet that uses 3.5 gallons per flush, a family of four flushes an average of 25,550 gallons a year. Practicing water conscious flushing habits can help reduce this amount, but you can more than halve your household’s toilet usage by doing nothing more than upgrading to low-flow toilets. Low-flow toilets use no more than 1.6 gallons of water per flush, cutting the average household’s toilet water usage to 11,680 gallons a year. More recent models even come equipped with a dual-flush system, which use as little as 0.8 gallons for flushing liquids while still giving a full 1.6 gallon flush for solids.

Low-Flow Faucets

Faucet usage accounts for nearly 16% of the average household’s indoor water usage. Practicing water conservation habits (turning off the faucet when brushing teeth and shaving, for example) can certainly cut down on this, but installing low-flow faucet aerators is the easiest way to drastically reduce faucet water usage. While the typical faucet is equipped to flow at a rate of 2.2 gallons per minute (gpm), low-flow faucet aerators cut this down to as low as 1.0 gpm, without impacting water pressure. By doing nothing more than changing the aerators in your home’s faucets, you can reduce faucet water usage by more than 50%. Depending on the model, switching to low-flow faucet aerators can save the average household 700 gallons of water a year, which equates to more than 40 showers worth of water.

Water Efficient Showerheads

According to the EPA, showering accounts for nearly 17% of the average household’s indoor water usage. With a standard flow rate of 2.5 gpm, a ten-minute shower can use as much as 25 gallons of water. High-efficiency showerheads can reduce this rate down to 2.0 gpm, and the best low-flow showerheads can cut it down to as low as 1.5 gpm. Using a high-efficiency or low-flow showerhead can save 5 to 10 gallons of water per shower, saving a family of four 7,300 to 14,600 gallons of water per year. Not only will this water savings extend the life of your septic system, but it will also drastically reduce the energy costs to heat the water – saving you the amount of energy it would cost to run a hairdryer for 10 minutes every day of the year.

Upgrading your home’s plumbing fixtures is one easy way to extend the life of your septic system. Maintaining a regular service schedule will also help ensure your system is operating as it should and that all potential problems are handled before they become a headache. Supeck Septic Services has been Northeast Ohio’s trusted septic provider for the past 52 years. We are licensed, bonded, and insured to provide routine as well as emergency septic services. Contact us to schedule your service visit today!

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