With so many new green products on the market, making your home environmentally friendly is easier than ever. Having served the Gig Harbor Peninsula for over 50 years, Hemley’s Septic Tank Cleaning provides a number of services ranging from septic inspections to septic tank pumping to sewage pump repairs. To keep your plumbing running as smoothly and efficiently as possible, this family-owned and operated company encourages some do-it-yourself green plumbing changes to your cleaning routines.
A few green tips from these experts will help make your home more eco-friendly:
- Swap Out Your Products: Look for cleaning products that use natural ingredients rather than harmful chemicals. Many useful products can even be made with ingredients you already have in your home, including baking soda, rubbing alcohol, and vinegar. Use a few drops of essential oil for added cleaning benefits or to customize your cleaning products with a fragrance you enjoy.
- Scrub Out Microbeads: Personal care products like toothpaste and facial scrubs may contain tiny plastic beads that are harmful to the environment. Microbeads are small enough to pass through water filtration systems and can enter nearby waterways where wildlife may confuse them for food. In fact, The Microbead-Free Waters Act was signed in 2015, requiring manufacturers to begin phasing out plastic microbeads in 2017. So start early and commit to buying products that do not contain microbeads.
- Upgrade Your Appliances: Look for appliances that have been awarded the blue Energy Star label. This label means the product meets a strict set of standards related to energy efficiency and utility bill savings. Many of the appliances and electronics on the market today meet these standards, meaning you can find products that fit into your lifestyle and budget that also help protect the environment.
- Watch Water Consumption: Make sure you only run the washing machine and dishwasher when they are full. Not only will this save you time because you’re doing these chores less often, you can save money by using less detergent and water. To save even more water, look for low-flow fixtures including toilets, faucets, and shower heads.
Remember that routine inspections and cleanings can help you avoid serious septic plumbing problems. Hemley’s Septic Tank Cleaning also offers emergency maintenance, no matter the day or time. Call (800) 699-7854 to schedule an appointment, and visit them online to learn more about how you can maintain your septic system between service calls.