Regulating what goes into your septic system is very important. Once a foreign object enters into its circulation, then you are going to have a very rough time getting it out. With that being said, there are plenty of homeowners that unknowingly put objects and chemicals into their toilet and sink that should not be there. Here are 10 things to never put in your septic system.
1. Paper Towels
Paper towels are one of the most common things that go into a septic system; however, it is also one of the most damaging. Unlike toilet paper which dissolves in water, paper towels are designed to absorb it. This means that they will not degrade once they enter your septic system, which causes unnecessary build-up. So next time you run out of toilet paper, it might be worth it to simply hop in the shower.
Dental floss is another common item that ends up getting flushed down the toilet. Because it is small, you may expect very little in the way of damage to occur. The problem is that the dental floss has nowhere to go once it gets down there. After repeating this process over and over, sooner or later, it is going to entangle and cause underlying issues to form in your septic system.
Diapers have the same function as paper towels meaning that they are absorbent. They are also bigger than most other objects you flush down the toilet. This means that it not only damages your pipes but it is going to clog your toilet immediately as well.
It is understandable that you may not want to throw a tampon in the trash where everyone can see it. With that being said, flushing it down the toilet is not a safe alternative. The damages to your septic system are far more severe than the time loss it would take to walk to your dumpster.
Pouring old gasoline down your sink is dangerous to both you and your environment. Instead, you should look for a hazardous waste disposal center near you. Once you have done this, you will need to transfer it from its can to a certified container before taking it there.
Oil should be disposed of in a similar manner to gasoline. Failure to do so properly will result in damage to your septic system.
If you need to dispose of grease, then pouring it down the drain is not a viable option. Instead, you should give it some time to solidify before transferring it to a container that you are willing to throw it away in.
7. Cat Litter
Although it is going to smell bad, throwing cat litter away through the use of a garbage can is your only option. Flushing it down the toilet is going to clog your pipes and lead to an odor that is much harder to get rid of.
Plastics such as bags and bottles are meant to be recycled, not flushed. Fishing these items out of your septic system is both difficult and messy. Save yourself money and time by disposing of them properly.
Pouring solvents down your drain is going to damage your septic system more than it could help it. Despite this, many people still choose to do it either because they are not sure how to dispose of them or because they think it is going to have a positive effect on their septic system. It goes without saying that you SHOULD NOT pour random chemicals into your septic system. If you are not sure what you are doing, then you are putting your septic system at very high risk.
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Call us if you suspect that there are problems with your septic system or if you need septic replacement parts like septic filters. With over 40 years of experience, we know septic systems and can handle just about any septic emergency.