Whether you flush it down the toilet, grind it in the garbage disposal, or pour it down the sink, everything that goes down your drain ends up in your septic system. What goes down the drain affects how well your septic system works.
There are many items that will not break down, clog your line, or destroy important microbes in your system.
1) Non-biodegradable items
Never put non-biodegradable items like paper towels, cigarette butts, disposable diapers, feminine hygiene products, hair, coffee, paper towels or bandages in your sink or toilet.
Fats, oils and grease put a burden on your septic system. Your system is not designed to break them down and they can clog your lines. The best thing to do is throw these substances away in the trash.
Paint of any sort can clog your lines and kill beneficial microbes in your system. Never clean paint brushes in a sink inside your home.
4) Chicken Bones
Your garbage disposal should be used sparingly. You should dispose of food waste in the trash can, not in the sink.
Ground bones, grease, and other items burden your septic system, requiring more frequent servicing.
5) Household Chemicals
Again, anything that kills helpful microbes creates havoc in your septic system. Never pour bleach, strong disinfectants, or laundry products (like Lysol, Pine-sol, or Tidy Bowl). Strong medicines, antibiotics, and anti-bacterial soaps should be avoided.
Septic systems need bacteria to work properly.
Recommended cleaning products should be non-chlorine, biodegradable and non-toxic.
What to do next
You should have your septic system inspected on a regular basis and pumped every 3-5 years. Contact us if you have any questions.
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