Failure To Flush: Tips For Maintaining And Protecting Your Home's Septic System

Just because something is disposable does not mean it is flushable, and you should use caution disposing of these items to protect your septic system. Many common items that you discard daily could harm the septic system, creating a blockage, overflow, or worse septic issues. Your septic pipe that flows from the home to the main line is only around four-inches in diameter, so play it safe by being cognizant of what you are forcing through this system.

In the kitchen:

Use plenty of water when you utilize the garbage disposal

This ensures that debris gets flushed all the way through to the sewer main, rather than letting debris build-up and harden in the pipes potentially causing a blockage.

Be especially cautious with grease 

Avoid disposing of grease through your garbage disposal or kitchen sink. When grease cools and congeals, it could cause big problems for your septic system. If you fear that your disposal is clogged with grease, add some ice cubes and process to loosen the congealed mess.

Watch for chemicals 

Don't flush chemicals, cleaners, and solvents down your kitchen sink. These can wreak havoc on delicate plumbing pipes and could potentially contaminate the groundwater that surrounds the septic lines. If you contaminate the groundwater, you could be charged fines, damages, and expenses to resolve and repair the problem.

In the bathroom:

Never use the toilet as a trash can 

Avoid flushing things like sanitary pads, plastic packaging, condoms, and cigarette butts. Even small pieces of trash can end up blocking the narrow septic line and causing issues.

Make sure not to flush medicines 

Flushing medication is a bad idea. There is always the potential for wastewater to contaminate groundwater when it passes through the septic system, which could spell disaster and big expense for the homeowner.

Pay heed to hair from you and your pets 

Don't flush clippings from when you cut your hair or trim your pet's fur. Use a trash can for any and all hair, as well as for pet wastes that you may clean up as these have the potential to clog the narrow septic line.

Even if you are successful in getting these items down your sink or toilet without incident, this trash has the potential of causing a blockage in the lines at the water treatment plant later on. A blockage in your home's septic line can result in an overflow of sewage in your home or yard, exposure to disease-causing bacteria, and a costly mess to clean up. Instead of flushing something down the drain or toilet, take care to dump these items in a trash can to protect and preserve your septic system. 

For more information, contact a company like All County Operations

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