What are septic tanks?
A septic tank is an underground, fibreglass, or plastic subterranean chamber through which home wastewater runs for basic treatment.
What are the effect of Covid-19 on Septic Tanks?
People are spending more time at home as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic's lockdown, social distance, and quarantine procedures. This can put strain on your home's septic tank system.
Due to a lack of outside eating options, more food is prepared inside homes, resulting in more food waste and particles being flushed down the drain. Dishwashing detergents with strong chemical ingredients are also used.
The need of keeping oneself clean has captivated the mind of a man more than ever before as a result of Coronavirus. Simply going for a walk outside the house or going shopping necessitates cleaning clothes and taking a bath, resulting in the use of additional disinfectants and bleach or more frequent washing and showers. In addition, while we are at home, we prepare more meals and do more dishes. The septic system is affected by all of this.
How can you keep your septic system in excellent working order during and after the COVID-19 crisis?
1_ Make absolutely sure the septic system is handling the wastewater properly. Viruses (like COVID-19) can be found in sewage that surfaces on the ground if the septic system contains a pipe or hose that discharges wastewater to the ground surface. Flies, dogs, birds, mice, and other vectors that come into touch with tainted sewage can spread viruses and other illness organisms to other persons in the neighbourhood.
Furthermore, bacteria, nutrients, and disease-causing organisms will not be properly treated in the soil if there isn't proper separation from your septic system to high groundwater or bedrock (usually older systems or steel tanks), and will easily move into the drinking water or surrounding surface waters.
2_Make sure your septic system is in good working order. Natural bacteria in septic systems help digest and clean the wastewater we dump into them. When they are exposed to significant concentrations of bleach, disinfectants, or other chemical products, they are unable to function correctly.
Keep this in mind while you're pouring cleaning products down the drain or flushing them down the toilet, and try to use them as little as possible. In addition, some people are using different goods for wipes due to a toilet paper shortage. Baby wipes, tissues, paper towels, and flushable wipes do not degrade in the septic tank, resulting in backups into the home. Even on a community system, these will not be flushed.
The following are some other useful system management techniques:
>Use liquid laundry and dishwashing detergents instead of powder detergents, which can clog drains.
>Limit showers, fix leaks, and reduce wash loads to save water.
>Spread laundry wash loads over the week rather than all on one day to avoid taxing your system.
>Don't use a garbage disposal because it adds to the septic system's organic load.
>Have your septic system flushed and/or examined by a professional every three years. This professional assessment may be able to detect problems with your system before they become serious.
3_Ensure that any above-grade manholes are always locked. With schools closed and children spending more time outside, make sure the manhole lids on a septic or holding tank cannot be easily raised. Every year, we read about youngsters and even adults – who have died after going into septic tanks. These mishaps are easily avoidable.
The wastewater must be held in the septic tank for long enough for particles to sink to the bottom and form sludge, while oil and grease float to the top as scum but septic tanks are under enormous pressure, which must be avoided, while we work through this Safer-At-Home period during the COVID-19 problem.
Contact the state government or your local water manufacturer like Netsol Water or caretaker if you have any questions or concerns regarding your septic system.
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