Septic Owner Garbage Disposal Hacks
Attention septic owners; here’s your garbage disposal hacks! Think of your Septic tanks like a big goldfish bowl. The more you feed your fish, the fuller the fish get and the faster the bowl fills up. In contrast, the average household puts an average of 10 pounds of food waste down their garbage disposal each week. That’s a lot of weight for your septic system to take on; and it can cause all sorts of costly problems.
Your septic system is your system of choice waste disposal. You’ve chosen to go with the most natural approach and one that is environmentally friendly. However, you may not know that there are some daily household functions that can really do a number on your septic tank. One of those things is the garbage disposal in your kitchen sink. Sure, a garbage disposal is a handy appliance to have in your kitchen. But if you have a septic system, it can cause some major problems.
Why? You Ask?
Septic systems are designed to handle water and waste from the toilet, but they are not designed for food scraps. In fact, food scraps are the number one cause of clogs in a septic tank. If you are not careful with what you put down your garbage disposal, it could clog up pipes and cause damage to the septic system that could result in thousands of dollars in repairs.
Follow these simple steps to help keep your septic tank running efficiently:
1) Put any food waste or animal products in the trash can instead of down the drain or toilet.
2) Starting a compost bin is an excellent alternative disposing of food scraps.
3) NEVER EVER pour fats, grease, oils, coffee grounds or other cooking residue into your sink’s garbage disposal unit or toilet. This may result in plumbing problems and backups. Instead store hot oils and grease in a paper cup or mug off to the side until they are cooled before throwing them away. Coffee grounds are great fertilizers for both outdoor and indoor plants.
4) Never Ever flush items such as diapers, sanitary napkins, tampons, flushable wipes or baby wipes. Although some of these products may claim to be flushable they typically do not break down before reaching the sewage treatment center.
5) Switch to a single-ply toilet paper because it breaks down in the septic system faster and better than higher ply count toilet paper. Use toilet paper labeled biodegradable, recycled or septic-safe.
No Garbage Disposal Hacks List
- Backwash water from water softeners
- Coffee grounds
- Dental floss
- Disposable diapers
- Fats, grease and oils
- Kitty litter
- Other chemical wastes
- Paper towels
- Photographic chemicals
- Pills and unused medication
- Plastic materials
- Sanitary napkins
- Sump pump discharge
- Waste oils
Following these steps will help your septic system operate at it’s best! However, if you do decide to use your garbage disposal then that’s okay too. But aside from these helpful hacks the #1 thing you can do to help your garbage disposal get rid of food and grease wastes is to add Drain Buzz Garbage Disposal Cleaner & Deodorizer to your routine! Drain Buzz is an all-natural, interior piping, liquid protection that ensures the degradation of harmful grease, soaps, bleach, and other organic materials that cause dangerous pipe blockage and odors.
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