Septic systems are amazing things. It is like having your very own wastewater treatment plant, all conveniently hidden in the ground outside your home or business. Every septic system is going to need septic maintenance at times, but this interval can be extended and your septic system can be kept healthier by keeping certain things out of your septic tank to start with.
If you have a septic tank at your home or business, here are some things you should avoid putting down the drains or flushing down the toilet to improve your preventative septic maintenance:
- Detergents with phosphates and nitrogen: Some detergents are not biodegradable. Chlorine and other ingredients can harm your septic system.
- Grease, fat, and oil: If you have a garbage disposal in your kitchen, use it sparingly and never use it for greasy substances. Avoid bath oils, too.
- Diapers and feminine products: These items are likely to clog your system before they ever get to the septic tank, and they will not break down very well.
- Personal items: From floss to condoms to cigarette butts, these things belong in the trash can and not in your septic tank.
- Coffee grounds and kitty litter: These items can upset the pH balance needed in your septic tank to maintain its effectiveness.
- Chemicals: From drain cleaners to paint and other chemicals, protect your septic system and the ground water and dispose of these items properly.
As you can see, the list of things you shouldn’t put into your septic system is pretty extensive. The list of things that should go in your septic system is much shorter: septic safe toilet paper, human waste, and limited amounts of phosphate-free detergents used in laundry and your dishwasher. That’s pretty much it. The better you care for your septic system, the less septic maintenance you will need.