Septic Systems, In The COVID Age

Pippa Bell Ader was a member of Westport’s Septic Education Task Force. She says: “In this current situation, many residents may be unaware of the damage certain items can do to septic systems. The last thing anyone needs is a septic failure, especially when we are spending more time at home.

“If you have a septic system, don’t toss paper towels, Kleenex, coffee grounds or non-degradable products such as cat litter, grease or personal hygiene products down the drain or toilet.”

To learn more about the care and maintenance of your septic system, click here for a brochure.

Or — more pleasurably — check out the mockumentary below: “Pump It Up, Baby!” It was written by Westporter Helen Martin Block, and “stars” plenty of local people.

It’s worth watching even if you don’t have a septic system. What else would you today?


7 responses to “Septic Systems, In The COVID Age

  1. Wendy Cusick

    The ‘don’t list’ applies to those that have a regular sewer lines too.
    This would be a disaster.
    It would back up the sewer line (partial or whole) and clog it.
    One of the drain clearing chemicals (Liquid Plumer™ and Drano™) might clear it up if it’s a very small blockage.
    A larger blockage you’ll have to ‘snake’ out the whole line from the house to the street.
    Another thought, for both septic and sewer lines, be careful what type of laundry detergent you use, some brands can suds up to much and cake up the pipe like concrete and cause a blockage.

    Observation…during March and April, I noticed the shelves at the grocery stores (Westport and Norwalk) that held the drain cleaning chemicals were cleared of product for weeks!
    I have never seen that happen in my lifetime.
    Apparently, with everyone home they’re were more clogged drains…

  2. Michael Calise

    Important information as related to the value of on site waste water treatment.
    unfortunately our water treatment plant discharges millions of gallons of water into Long Island Sound each day depleting our aquifers of fresh water resources

  3. Arline Gertzoff

    A wonderful video Hard to believe people throw the stuff listed down their sinks or put in their toilets Another inexpensive helper is a mesh strainer for your kitchen sink as it traps the bits you rinse from dishes pots etc The cost is under five dollars .Also all these so called flushable wipes Put them in the trash instead

  4. Oh Helen, you can not get away from P&Z . Brilliant . As usual. I miss seeing you.

  5. Christine Rock Freeman

    We just connected from septic to City Sewer. Does running the laundry with an extra rinse cycle help with the drain clogging and fresh water problems?

    • Wendy Cusick

      Yes, running an extra cycle will help keep the main line clear.
      An extra cycle run will not help a clog if it’s above the main line.
      A clog can happen in and around the drain or a little lower (elbow) but before the main line. Keep a drain cleaning chemical available in the house to pour down. There’s a couple different brands and strengths out there. You need to find the one that works best for your plumbing. Don’t overdue the chemical, meaning don’t pour the whole bottle at once, you don’t want it eating away at your pipes.
      If it’s a really bad clog, do it in stages like every 2 hours pour some more down.
      Tree and vegetation roots or a really bad clog will have to snaked out. It’s a long bx cable with blades on the end.

  6. Christine Freeman

    We had a really great contractor on our sewer conversion job so I don’t expect a clogged drain in the near future. Thank you!