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How a Bidet Can Help My Septic Tank

How a Bidet Can Help My Septic Tank

Septic tanks are essential for disposing of wastewater in areas where a central sewage system is not available. They work by allowing wastewater from your home to settle in the tank, where solids are broken down by bacteria, and the remaining liquid is slowly released into a drain field for absorption into the surrounding soil. 

However, if you have a septic tank, it's important to be mindful of what goes down your drains, as certain items can clog the system and cause expensive repairs. One item that can actually help your septic tank function properly is a bidet.

Bidets: French Ingenuity

Bidets have been used in countries like Japan and Europe for many years, but they are only recently gaining popularity in the United States. Its origins are thought to be in France in the early 1700s, where it was used primarily by women for personal hygiene. The word "bidet" actually means "pony" in French, as the device was originally designed to help women clean their private parts while remaining fully clothed.

A bidet is a device that sprays water to clean your private parts after using the toilet. There are several types of bidets, including standalone fixtures, bidet seats that replace your existing toilet seat, and handheld devices that attach to your toilet.

So how can a bidet help your septic tank? Let's explore some of the ways.

How Bidets Help a Septic Tank

1. Reduced Toilet Paper Usage

One of the biggest benefits of using a bidet is that it reduces your need for toilet paper. Traditional toilet paper takes time to break down in your septic tank, and excessive use can lead to clogs and backups. Bidets, on the other hand, use water to clean your private parts, so you can use much less toilet paper or even eliminate it altogether.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the average person in the United States uses 100 rolls of toilet paper each year. That's a lot of paper that has to go somewhere! By reducing your toilet paper usage, you can help your septic tank function properly and reduce the amount of waste that goes into your tank.

2. Less Chemical Use

Another benefit of bidets is that they can help reduce the number of chemicals that go into your septic tank. Many traditional cleaning products contain harsh chemicals that can disrupt the balance of bacteria in your septic tank. These chemicals can also kill the bacteria that are essential for breaking down waste in your tank. By reducing your toilet paper usage, you can also reduce your need for these cleaning products.

Additionally, some bidets come with built-in air dryers, which means you don't need to use paper towels or other disposable products to dry off after cleaning yourself. This can further reduce your need for cleaning products and other items that can harm your septic tank.

3. Lower Water Usage

Bidets use significantly less water than traditional toilets. According to a study by the University of Arkansas, bidets use about 1/8 of a gallon of water per use, compared to the 1.6 gallons per flush that a traditional toilet uses. This can help reduce the amount of water that goes into your septic tank, which can help it function more efficiently.

In addition, bidets can help conserve water in your home overall. According to the EPA, the average household in the United States uses about 300 gallons of water per day. By reducing your toilet paper usage and using a bidet instead, you can reduce your overall water usage and help conserve this valuable resource.

4. Improved Septic Tank Health

By reducing the amount of waste that goes into your septic tank and reducing the use of harsh chemicals, bidets can help improve the overall health of your septic tank. When your septic tank is functioning properly, it can help prevent costly backups and repairs and help protect your family's health.

Additionally, bidets can help reduce the amount of solid waste that goes into your septic tank. This can help prevent clogs and backups, which can lead to expensive repairs. By reducing the amount of solid waste in your septic tank, you can help it function more efficiently and prolong its lifespan.

When Stuff Hits the Fan - Viking Septic Services Has You Covered

If you're a homeowner with a septic tank, you know how important it is to keep it functioning properly. That's where Viking Septic Services comes in. With years of experience in the septic industry, we have the knowledge and expertise to keep your system running smoothly.

From routine maintenance to emergency repairs, we offer a range of services to meet your needs. Don't wait until you have a problem – contact Viking Septic Services today to schedule an appointment and ensure the health and longevity of your septic system. Your septic tank will thank you!