When it comes to sewer and drain or septic backups, there are some common issues that no longer surprise us. When one of our customers tells us they’ve been flushing certain products or rinsing grease down the drain, we can almost guarantee that’s where the backup stems from… So if you’ve got a septic system, keep reading to learn what you can do to prevent a backup and keep things flushing smoothly!
- Never Flush a “Flushable” Wipe
Regardless of what the packaging might say, there is no such thing as a flushable wipe. If you own a septic system you need to be especially carefully about flushing baby wipes, makeup remover wipes, paper towels, tissues and any other products that aren’t marked “septic safe.” We highly recommend that when in doubt, throw it out. Don’t flush something if you’re not 100% sure it’s going to breakdown in your septic tank. Feminine products fall into this category too. While some are safe, others are not, so it’s important to read the labels.
- Avoid Rinsing Grease Down the Drain
Grease can wreak havoc on your septic tank, turning the water and waste to sludge and destroying the natural balance of healthy bacteria your tank needs to break down solids. One of the biggest causes of excess grease in your tank is from improper handling of cooking waste. Whether you’re making bacon, draining the drippings from your Thanksgiving turkey or simply washing your greasiest cooking pans, make sure excess grease goes in the garbage – not down the drain. Fact: The day after Thanksgiving is one of the busiest days for emergency septic service due to grease problems!
- Say No to Garbage Disposals
If your home has a septic system, your garbage disposal is its worst enemy. In many newly built homes a garbage disposal won’t even be installed if the home is on septic. The reason for this is because a garbage disposal allows chunks of food and debris to enter your septic tank. If you have a septic system we recommend you go without your garbage disposal. Buying some extra garbage bags to dispose of the waste you’d put down the drain is a lot less expensive than replacing your septic system!
If you avoid these things and take proper care of your septic system, you can rest assured back-ups won’t be a problem. If you’ve recently purchased a home with a septic system and you’re not sure about the state of your septic tank you can always contact us for a professional evaluation.
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