What Not To Flush Down Septic Tank?
As a general rule, do not dispose of anything that can just as easily be put in the trash. Your system not designed to be a garbage can and solids build up in the septic tank that will eventually need to be pumped. The more solids that go into the tank, the more frequently the tank will need to pump, and the higher the risk for problems. In the kitchen, avoid washing food scraps, coffee grinds, and other food items down the drain.
The same common-sense approach used in the kitchen should be used in the bathroom.
Don’t use the toilet to dispose of plastics, paper towels, facial tissues, tampons, sanitary napkins, cigarette butts, dental floss, disposable diapers, condoms, litter, etc.
The only things that should be flushed down the toilet are wastewater and toilet paper.
Household cleaners such as bleach, disinfectants, and drain and toilet bowl cleaners should be used in moderation and only following product labels. Overuse of these products can harm your system. It makes sense to try to keep all toxic and hazardous chemicals out of your septic tank system. Even small amounts of paints, varnishes, paint thinners, waste oil, anti-freeze, photographic solutions, pharmaceuticals, antibacterial soaps, gasoline, oil, pesticides, and other organic chemicals can destroy helpful bacteria and the biological digestion taking place within your system.
What Are Some Common Reasons A Septic System Doesn’t Work Properly?
A pipe from the house to the tank clogged. When this happens, drains drain very slowly or stop draining completely. Sometimes this pipe gets crush or broken by vehicle or animal traffic. Plant roots sometimes block the pipe (particularly on older systems). Fixing a crushed or root damaged pipe will require replacing (at least) a portion of the pipe.
Inlet baffle to a tank blocked.
This failure is very similar to when the inlet pipe from the house to the tank clogged. If you have access to your inlet baffle opening, you can check to see if there is a clog. If you see toilet paper and other debris, you can try unclogging it using a pole. Be mindful not to damage any of the septic systems components. Prevent your inlet baffle from getting clog by only flushing human waste and toilet paper and having your system inspected annually.
Outlet baffle or effluent filter clogged.
This may result in sewage backing up into the home, or possibly surfacing near the septic tank. This issue may be a sign that the tank is receiving too much water, possibly in a short amount of time. If there is an effluent filter this must be clean off or replaced. If there is not an effluent filter, fixing this issue will probably require getting the tank pump to identify and remove the clog.
Drainfield has failed.
When the drain field fails or saturated with water, sewage may back up into the home. Wet, soggy areas may develop above or near the drain field and you may see spongy bright green grass over the area. There may also be odors near the tank or drain field. This could be the end of life for this component of your septic system. It may be that the system was operated inappropriately and too much solid material made it to the drain field causing it to fail prematurely. Or, maybe the system worked for many years and simply has no more capacity to accept waste. However, if too much water has saturated the drain field (through large amounts of water going down the drain or through floodwater on the drain field), it’s possible that the drain field can be dried out and rehabilitated. Choosing Between Routine Solution Or Maintenance Contract