The Top 6 Things to Avoid Putting in Your Septic System

Caring for Your Septic System

If you have a septic system in your home, you need to be very careful about what household products you use. Septic systems rely on bacteria to break down wastes and solids, but these bacteria need a specific environment to survive. For example, if you put the wrong kind of detergent in your washing machine or you use the wrong drain cleaner, you can end up killing the bacteria, rendering your septic system ineffective. This can lead to overflows, clogs, flooded drain fields and even groundwater contamination. It’s important to protect your septic system by avoiding harmful household products.

Here are the Top 6 items that you should NEVER put into your septic system.

1. Some Toilet Paper, “Flushable Wipes” and other Clogging Hazards

2. Some Laundry Products

3. Antibacterial Soaps and Automatic Toilet Cleaners

4. Some Dishwasher Detergents

5. Drain Cleaners

6. Oils and Solvents

 

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