Follow these recommendations for a sustainable septic system.
Are you looking to maintain your artesian well while ensuring it has no impact on your septic system? When it comes to artesian well maintenance, it’s crucial to differentiate between disinfection and mechanical maintenance. To gain a better understanding, our blog will address artesian well maintenance first, followed by some tips to preserve the sustainability of your septic system during its disinfection process.
Mechanical maintenance should be performed every 15 to 20 years. It’s recommended to carry out a mechanical clearing of accumulations on the casing using a specialized brush. This type of cleaning should be conducted by experienced professionals in this field.
1. Well Durability:
By taking care of your well, you extend the lifespan of its pumping system. Maintenance helps prevent damage to the pump due to natural wear and environmental factors. By investing in maintenance, you avoid costly expenses, even the premature replacement of the well.
2. Cost Savings:
A well-maintained well operates more efficiently, resulting in optimized water usage. Poorly maintained equipment can lead to water wastage, subsequently driving up costs for your water consumption.
In addition to mechanical maintenance, it may be necessary to disinfect the well in case of water contamination. This method involves using chlorine to eliminate any traces of pathogenic bacteria. However, it’s crucial to exercise extreme caution with water in contact with chlorine, as it could affect your septic system. Part 2 provides detailed guidelines on this aspect.
Periodic disinfection is essential to ensure the optimal quality of your water. Without regular disinfection, mineral deposits and bacteria can accumulate in the well, compromising the purity of the water. An untreated well can jeopardize your family’s health by exposing everyone to harmful substances.
If you prefer, you can hire a specialized company to perform the disinfection. If you choose to do it yourself, make sure to carefully read all instructions before starting the disinfection process for a smooth procedure and optimal results.
Recommendations for Disposing of Cleaned Artesian Well Water Away from the Septic System
When disinfecting your artesian well, it is of vital importance to properly manage the wastewater produced during this operation. The products used to disinfect a well can kill the essential bacteria necessary for the proper functioning of your septic system. As a result, your water is no longer treated correctly, which can lead to high maintenance costs and even the replacement of your system, not to mention potential impacts on the environment.
This is why it’s essential to responsibly dispose of the cleaned well water, keeping it away from the septic system to prevent any contamination.
These recommendations apply to both System O)) equipped with Advanced Enviro Septic pipes and any other type of system connected to your septic tank. Here are some essential guidelines to follow for proper management of the cleaned water.
Choose a Distant Disposal Point:
When disposing of water with chlorine residues, make sure to do so at an adequate distance from your septic system. The products used can be harmful to the septic tank, as well as any sources of drinking water such as streams, rivers, lakes, or ponds, and can kill surrounding vegetation. It’s strongly recommended to discharge the wash water into an appropriate drainage area or a distant ditch.
Upward slopes could cause the cleaning water to flow back towards your well or septic system, leading to contamination issues. If you cannot completely avoid cleaned water from flowing towards the septic system, use temporary protective barriers to divert the flow.
Waterproof tarps or other suitable materials will prevent any undesired flow towards the septic system. This will reduce the risk of contamination and the reintroduction of contaminants into your well.
Use Dedicated Pipes:
Use pipes specifically designed for discharging cleaned water. These pipes must be resistant to the chemicals used during cleaning and should be clearly labeled to avoid confusion with pipes for potable water or the septic system.
Flush Bleach from Domestic Plumbing:
Open all faucets indoors until the water no longer smells like chlorine. If chlorinated water enters the household plumbing and cannot be discharged outside, try to collect the water from the faucets in a container and then discharge it outside later. Otherwise, chlorinated water will drain into the septic system, which could compromise its durability.
By following these recommendations, you will contribute to maintaining the cleanliness and safety of your artesian well while preserving the integrity of your septic system. Proper maintenance ensures a pure and healthy water source for you and your family.
If you want more information or have doubts about how to manage the disposal of cleaned well water, we invite you to contact your local well water treatment company.
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