New To Having A Septic Tank? 4 Things To Never Put Down Drains

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If you just bought your first home with a septic tank, there are a few things that you should no longer flush down your toilet or drains. These items can cause damage to your septic tank over time; your septic tank was designed to filter out human waste products and water and that is about it. If you put these items in your septic tank, you risk running up a very expensive repair bill.

Paper Tissues And Towels

Toilet paper is specifically designed to break down in the water and in the chemicals that are typically found in septic tanks. Paper tissues, paper towels, and paper napkins on the other hand, are not designed to break down easily. These types of paper products are designed to be absorbent and take a long time to break down. They are designed for your trash can, not your septic tank.

Cat Litter

You should keep all cat litter out of your toilet; include the kinds that say they are flushable. The main idea behind cat litter is that it clumps around your cat's body waste. The clumping property of cat litter over weighs its ability to break down. If you flush cat litter down your toilet, be prepared for it to clump up and clog up your pipes.

Save yourself a lot of hassle and just pour your cat littler into the trash can.

Cotton Materials

You should keep all cotton materials, including cotton swabs, q-tips, and pads out of your toilet. Even though these items are small and soft, they are still not safe to go down your drain.

These items can easily clog up your drain before they even reach your septic tank. Once they reach your septic tank, these cotton things will not biodegrade. If you continually flush cotton items down your toilet, your septic tank will quickly fill up with these non-biodegradable materials, and you will definitely need to clean out your septic tank sooner rather than later.

Vegetable & Fruit Peels

Even if they can fit down your drain, you should not put vegetable and fruit peels down it. Peels high in fiber take a really long time to break down and can easily get caught in your system. Instead, you should keep a small trash can next to your sink for compost items such as fruit and vegetable peels.

If this is your first time owning or renting a home with a septic tank, pay attention to what you put down your drains. Try to stick to the basics, such as water and human waste. Keep everything else, especially the items above, out of your pipes and your septic tank. If you've already put some of these things down the drain, talk with a place like Speedy Rooter. A professional will be able to help you with septic tank cleaning.

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