What Should Not Go Down the Drain

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It is important that you realize the importance of not adding anything to your septic system that does not need to go there.

You should never flush things like dental floss, diapers, cotton swabs, cigarette butts, coffee grounds, feminine hygiene products, cat litter, paper towels or condoms. These items can clog and possibly damage your septic system components if they become trapped. Whenever possible you should avoid using your garbage disposal and find alternative ways of handling your food waste such as mulching.

Certain household chemicals, gasoline, oil, pesticides and paint can stress or destroy the biological treatment taking place in your septic system so you should never allow these things to enter your wastewater.

When doing wash you should avoid running small loads and you should never attempt to wash all your laundry on the same day as this can overload the amount of water entering your septic tank and drain fields. Too much water entering the system at one time does not allow for proper treatment of the water and could cause flooding in your drain field. Try to spread your laundry out over a couple of days and look into purchasing a new Energy Star washing machine for better water conservation.




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