stop flushing this into your septic tank

stop flushing this into your septic tank

This year, did your septic tank develop obstructions or require repairs?

What you flush down your toilet could be contributing to the issue.

Knowing what to flush and what not to flush might aid in septic system maintenance.

These pointers will assist you in changing your habits and preventing future septic tank obstructions.

1. Medicine

Bacteria break down particles and transform them into liquids in septic tanks. Antibiotics, for example, can kill off good bacteria, slowing the breakdown of sediments and necessitating more frequent pumping of your tank.

When you’re done with your prescription, you can return it to the pharmacy or doctor’s office, while others can be encapsulated in coffee grinds and thrown away. Consult your pharmacist if you’re unsure what to do with any leftover medicine after you’ve done using it. He or she can advise you on what to do with any remaining medication.

2. Products that can be flushed

The term “flushable” is used to describe a wide range of items. Tampons, disposable wipes, diapers, and kitty litter are just a few examples of products that are labeled as flushable.


Many of these goods, unfortunately, are not suitable for septic tanks.


Solid things that are large and slow to degrade can quickly fill septic tanks, causing jams and backups.

Some items, such as diapers, might clog the inlet baffle, causing backups in the mainline that leads to the tank.


Toilet paper is the only item that can be flushed into the septic tank.

Have a family talk about septic tank maintenance if members of your household habitually flush other items down the pipes.

Make trash cans available in all restrooms so that your family members can dispose of anything that shouldn’t be flushed down the toilet.

3. Food

Food easily flows down kitchen sink drains, while garbage disposals also transport microscopic particles of food down drain lines.

Even though a little amount of food will eventually run down the drain, you should try to keep the amount of food flowing down the drain to a minimum.


Keep a drain strainer in your kitchen sink (or sinks) to collect any food that washes off your dishes to avoid difficulties.

If you have a garbage disposal, be sure it’s septic tank safe by checking the model number. If it isn’t, have it replaced or simply stop using it.

4. Vegetable Oil

When cooking oil cools, it hardens and becomes stuck in the drain lines and inlet baffle.

Other debris can get caught in the sticky trap as cooking oil builds up in the inlet baffle.

To avoid this problem, dispose of your cooking oil rather than flushing it down the drain.


Wait for the oil to cool before pouring it into a bag and tossing it in the garbage.

Cooking oil can also be used multiple times. It’s a sensible method to save money while simultaneously maintaining your septic system by reusing cooking oil.

Fats and grease should be avoided in the same way.

Fats and grease can readily pass through drains, but they will eventually clog the septic system.

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