Watch What You Flush To Maintain Your Septic System

Posted on: 11 October 2018

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Have you had troubles with your septic system in the past? Your home's septic system shouldn't give you many problems over the years, unless you're putting stuff down the drains and toilets that don't belong. Here, you'll find a list of things that you must keep out of your septic system to avoid system failures and backups.

"Flushable" Feminine Products

Even though the tampons are labeled as fully flushable, don't do it! Both the applicators and the tampons themselves must be disposed of in a way other than flushing. Think about how long it would take for those things to break-down in the septic system – they won't! They will fill up the bottom of the holding tank and begin to cause problems before you know it.

"Flushable" Wet Wipes

Those wet wipes that are marketed as being "septic safe" are not septic safe. Again, these products take forever to break-down and will eventually back the system up.

"Flushable" Kitty Litter

Nobody likes to keep a bucket of used kitty litter around, but flushing the "flushable" kitty litter is not the solution. The litter does clump up when the cat urinates on it – it will also clump up when it comes into contact with water. So, you scoop the litter into the toilet, pull the handle and send it on its way. Some of the litter may make it to the septic tank, but some of it will also stick to any gooey debris in the plumbing and cause clogs quickly.

Grease and Oil

Never run any grease or oil down your drains. This is a good rule of thumb for both septic systems and city sewer – the grease and oil will cause problems in the pipes and will float to the top of the surface in the holding tank. Eventually, the grease can build up in the pipe that pulls the waste water out of the holding tank and releases it into the leech bed or sand mound – this will result in system failure.

Schedule Maintenance

Your home's septic system shouldn't need too much attention if you watch what you flush and keep up with the maintenance schedule. Your holding tank will need to be emptied from time to time. On average, a residential septic tank will only need to be pumped out once every two or three years depending on usage. You can schedule these services in advance so you don't let it slip your mind.

Talk with your local septic tank professionals, like Economy  Septic Service, to learn more about keeping your septic system running as it should.