Under normal use, detergents, cleaning products and bleach will not damage the septic system. However, homeowners should be aware that if excessive amounts of these products are used, the naturally growing bacteria in the septic tank may be killed. Homeowners with heavy usage of these products may want to consider using an enhancer to ensure the proper bacteriological environment.
Yes; however, homeowners should be aware that use of a garbage disposal will cause the solids in the septic tank to accumulate more rapidly. This may dictate more frequent servicing of the septic system.
Pump systems are installed for a number of reasons: soil permeability, high water table, drain field elevation, size of property, etc. It is recommended that pumps be serviced annually and the pump, floats and electrical connections be inspected periodically.
What NOT to Flush:
Diapers, Cigarettes, Paper Towels,Cotton Swabs, Tampons, Condoms, Dental Floss, Facial Tissues, Wipes (none of them!), Kitty Litter.
Product labels can be misleading, Some items that claim to be "flushable" can clog your septic systems and can end up costing you a pretty penny.
"Flushable" does NOT mean is SAFE for your septic system.
Fats, Grease, and Oils
Pills and Unused Medication
Other Chemical Wastes
The best rule of thumb is, if it has not been consumed by you first, it does not get flushed down the toilet; excluding toilet paper.
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