Septic System Care: Things You Shouldn’t Flush

Your septic system needs caring for and is not unlike how you would care for and maintain your home or your car. It’s an investment worth protecting and you should be careful to avoid flushing certain chemicals and items into your septic system.  By doing so, you can save your septic system from unnecessary pump-outs.

While many of these items may seem like common sense, there are some items and chemicals that you shouldn’t flush into your septic system that may surprise you. Here, we’ll provide a small list of some items and chemicals you should NOT flush into your septic system.

Food Scraps & Other Kitchen Items

While many of us may turn to the garbage disposal to get rid of the extra food from dinner, it’s important to remember that whatever goes down your drain also goes into your septic tank system. Grease and other cooking oils will settle into your septic tank causing layers to build up that will eventually need to be pumped out. Additionally, you should avoid washing coffee grinds down the drain for the same reason.

Household Cleaners

Typical household cleaners that contain bleach, drain/toilet bowl cleaner chemicals, and disinfectants are okay to flush in moderation, but can harm your septic system if used too much. Other hazardous cleaners and chemicals that should NOT be flushed into your septic system include the following:

  • Paint Thinners
  • Waste Auto Oil
  • Anti-Freeze
  • Gasoline
  • Pesticides

These chemicals can harm the natural bacteria in your septic tank system that helps it perform properly.

Septic System Cleaners

There are two types of septic system cleaners: biological and chemical. Oftentimes, the companies that manufacture these products claim that they help to clean your septic system and keep it running at top-performance. However, some professionals claim that these cleaners do not help your system at all. In fact, they may harm it. Always be sure to check with your local septic system professionals first.

Septic System Maintenance in South Florida

Whether you’ve got questions about your septic system’s maintenance are looking to call in a septic system professional, Honc is here to help. Since 1993, we have been performing septic system installation, septic system repair, and septic system maintenance throughout all of Southwest Florida. If you’re in need of emergency septic services, we are here 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. No matter what your septic system need, we can help get the job done.

Contact us today to learn more about our septic system services!

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