Montgomery Sanitation Services Warns About Flushing Non-Waste Items
Your septic system should give you no trouble if appropriately managed, but there are household items that ruin septic systems. You must be very careful about what you put down your drains. Your septic tank is a biological system that breaks down organic waste, specifically human waste. It’s not a good way to dispose of any other waste.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency, (EPA), has guidelines about caring for your septic system. Here are a few items the EPA specifically mentions that you should avoid flushing or putting down the drain:
- Cooking grease or oil
- Non-flushable wipes, such as baby wipes or other wet wipes
- Photographic solutions
- Feminine hygiene products
- Dental floss
- Cigarette butts
- Coffee grounds
- Cat litter
- Paper towels
- Household chemicals like gasoline, oil, pesticides, antifreeze, and paint or paint thinners
Choose Septic Safe Cleaning Products
Another essential piece of septic tank information is to take care with choosing the cleaners and chemicals you use. Your septic tank depends on ‘friendly’ bacteria to function properly. The problem is that many disinfectants and household cleaners kill bacteria. Use organic and biodegradable products to avoid septic tank problems. Never put drain cleaners into the system. A small quantity can destroy the bacteria, and cause septic tank problems.
Do Not Flush Medicines Down the Drain
You may think flushing is an easy and quick way to get rid of leftover medication, but it’s not. Pharmaceuticals can destroy the bacterial balance in your septic system, leading to septic failure. This disposal method also contributes to the creation of “superbugs”, antibiotic-resistant bacteria that pose a health risk to us all. Researchers have found traces of pharmaceutical drugs in the drinking water supplies of 40 million Americans. They also found drugs in 80 percent of rivers and streams.
Proper Maintenance Can Prolong Your Septic System
Your septic system can last for many years if you care for it properly. Stay aware of septic system health and maintenance. If you need to schedule a septic tank cleaning, pumping, or inspection, don’t hesitate to contact Montgomery Sanitation.