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What Not To Flush.   Leave a comment

Most people don’t think about their septic tanks very often. Because it is underground, the old adage “out of sight, out of mind” seems to apply. However, what you put into your septic tank greatly impacts its ability to do its job.  One good rule to follow is to not put anything in your septic tank that could ordinarily go in your garbage can. Your septic system was never designed to be a garbage can! The more solids you put into your septic tank, the more frequently the tank will need to be pumped.

Here are some tips for some other items that should not be flushed:

Kitchen: Do not put food scraps, coffee grinds, grease or cooking oils down your kitchen drain.
Bathroom: Do not put plastic, paper towels, sanitary napkins, disposable diapers, baby wipes, tampons, cigarette butts, dental floss, condoms or kitty litter down your toilet.

  • Use bleach, disinfectants, drain and toilet bowl cleaners in moderation. Overuse of harsh chemicals can harm your septic system.
  • Do not put even small amounts of hazardous household chemicals such as paints, varnishes, motor oil, and bleach. They kill the bacteria needed to decompose wastes in the septic tank and drain field.
  • Don’t use septic tank additives or “miracle” system cleaners. Some of these chemicals can actually harm your on-site sewage system by allowing solids to flow into and clog the drain field. The chemicals can also contaminate ground and surface water.

Decks: Don’t dispose of water from hot tubs into the on-site sewage system. Large volumes of water are harmful to the system, and the chlorine can destroy important bacteria in the system. Drain hot tubs onto the ground, away from the drain field and not into a storm drain.

Laundry Room: Use liquid detergent versus powder because powders contain clay.

If you have ANY questions about septic tank maintenance, septic tank services or need septic tank cleaning, call Reliable Sanitation today at 719-527-9484.