A trip down the aisle of a grocery store will display many products claiming to be septic system-safe. Additionally, many other products may seem to be naturally septic-safe. However, many of these substances will in fact lead to septic issues in the future. The information here will educate you on some of the products you don't want to be fooled by so you can avoid the cost and hassle of unnecessary septic repairs and pumps.
Some Toilet Paper Products
Most toilet paper will be marked as safe for septic systems. However, for toilet paper to truly be septic safe, it must break up quickly to avoid sludge buildup. The toilet paper must also not contain chemicals known to cause septic issues.
Biodegradable toilet paper is a good option because it dissolves quickly. Recycled toilet paper is another good option because it is free of harsh chemicals like bleach. The recycled materials also make the toilet paper dissolve faster.
Many baby wipes and adult wipes are on the market with labels claiming the wipes to be septic-safe. However, the amount of time it takes the wipes to disintegrate causes problems to septic systems, as well as sewer systems. A collection of wipes in your septic system can cause major clogs leading to overflows.
In fact, the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission had grinders installed. These grinders shred wipes and similar products to avoid treatment plant pump clogs. The fact the wipes are making it to the treatment plants prove the wipes won't breakdown quickly enough in your residential septic system.
Powdered Laundry Detergents
Powdered detergents can affect the performance of the septic system when the powdered detergents cause clogs. Instead, use liquid detergents without a lot of surfactants. Surfactants can contaminate water and cause septic unbalances.
When you remove your makeup, make sure you throw it in the trash. Not only will the cotton ball, wipe, or other remover be bad for the system, but the makeup will be as well. Many makeup products are made with animal fats and oils. These fats and oils can clump together, which leads to clogs in the system.
Shampoos that aren't considered septic-safe contain high pH balances and other chemicals that can destroy the important bacteria in the septic system.
Non-septic safe lotions and hair conditioners contain ingredients that include fat and oils, such as cocoa butter. Hair dye also has chemicals that can throw off that healthy balance. Research hygiene products before you buy them if you have a septic system.
Never flush food down the toilet, even if it seems like it would be okay. If you don't have a garbage disposal, you may be tempted to flush that bowl of oatmeal or chicken noodle soup. However, most foods will retain their shape and not break apart in the septic system, leaving them to cause major clogs. This is the same reason you don't want to put them down the sink drain.
Some brands of cat litter claim to be flushable on the label. However, just because litters can make it through your plumbing pipes doesn't mean they'll be fine in your septic system. If the material doesn't break down in the system, then you'll be looking at future septic issues.
If you have septic issues, contact us now. Pete's Outflow Technicians can come out and take care of your septic problems for you, and our team can give you the advice you need to prevent further problems. Give us a call today to set an appointment with our technicians and get started.