If your commercial building runs on a septic system, you need to focus on proper maintenance so you don't end up with an overflowing tank or other plumbing issues. Septic systems are often required when a sewer system is not available in your area, such as if your building is in more of a rural area. Here are some tips for maintaining your commercial septic system.
Be Careful What You Put Down the Drain
While you probably know now to put grease down the drain and try to flush sanitary napkins, there are some unique rules about what to put down septic systems. These plumbing systems are even more sensitive to chemicals and waste than a traditional sewer system, so if you are used to sewer plumbing, it may take some getting used to. For example, you can't just use any type of soap or laundry detergent. You need to use one that is low in phosphates so it doesn't damage the good bacteria keeping your septic tank clean. Also be careful about chemicals going down the drain, such as pesticides, varnish from cleaning paint brushes, or bleach. Items that don't dissolve in water are prohibited, such as cigarette butts and facial tissues.
Have the Tank Pumped Regularly
Another thing you need to do when your office building has a septic system is to have the tank pumped. The frequency of pumping the tank depends on the size of your building, your plumbing usage, and how much waste goes into the tank. When you have the septic tank installed, the plumber should provide you with an estimate of how often it should be pumped. While liquid waste that goes down the drains will filter out of the tank and into the drainfield, the solid waste remains in the tank. This is what needs to be pumped out.
Don't Use Too Much Water
You also need to practice water conservation in your building if you are using a septic system. These systems can't handle a large amount of water as it affects the biological balance in the septic tank. To keep your water usage low, have timers on the bathroom faucets and install low-flow plumbing fixtures. In the break room or kitchen area, only run the dishwasher when it is full, just like you do at home. If your building has a laundry room, wait until you have a full load before washing linens. Try to spread out the laundry throughout the week instead of doing it all on the same day.