Reduce septic tank maintenance by not flushing harmful items


Reduce septic tank maintenance by not flushing harmful items

Septic tank maintenance is a common occurrence for homes using one of these systems for their sewage disposal.

Avoid excessive maintenance and costly repairs by knowing what to avoid flushing into the septic tank. Most people realize that flushing things like feminine products and soiled diapers into a septic tank is not a good idea. However, other products and everyday items that are not as obvious can also harm your septic system.

Chemicals Products

Chemicals should never be introduced to your septic system. Cleaning products are the main component of this list. Common cleaners such as ammonia, glass cleaner, bleach, disinfectant etc. should not enter the system. All of these products and products like them can destroy the natural balance of bacteria in a septic system; bacteria that is needed to breakdown and consume the solids entering the tank. If the bacteria is killed off, it is more likely that your septic system will experience a failure.

Septic Tank Additives

There are plenty of septic tank additives on the market claiming to be beneficial to your septic system. These products promise a future of carefree septic tank maintenance for many years to come. It is best to avoid these products unless a plumbing professional recommends them. They can upset the balance of friendly bacteria and cause total system failure in the future.

Poisonous Products

Paint, weed killer, antifreeze, paint thinner, solvents and other toxic chemicals should never be flushed down the toilet. These materials should be disposed of responsibly and according to your local waste management office. Aside from wreaking havoc on your septic system, they can also damage the surrounding environment.

One Flush Disposal

Although it provides an easy and convenient way to dispose of undesirable products and materials, the toilet should not be used as a garbage disposal. Hair, feminine hygiene products, diapers, razor blades, condoms, pet litter and pet waste can all damage your septic system.


It is a myth that flushing scraps of leftover food, vegetables and grease are beneficial to your septic system. This is the furthest thing from the truth. Food scraps actually increase the amount of solids in the tank and are slow to breakdown once they are introduced. Cooking oil, grease and fats can also damage your system requiring premature cleaning and pumping.

Knowing what not to flush into your septic system is a great start to eliminating costly repairs and reducing periodic septic tank maintenance. Understanding how it all works will help you to properly maintain and care for your septic system.

For answers to your questions, contact the Pink Plumber today.

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