If you’re the owner of a septic system or are considering having one installed, there are some very important septic-care rules to follow to make sure it stays in-shape and working at its best. Our team at Acme Environmental Services shares some learning points that will set you up for the best Cocoa Beach septic cleaning appointment you’ve ever had.
Don’t Flush Anything Other Than Toilet Paper And Human Waste
The most basic tip on ensuring a well-functioning septic system comes from keeping this very simple rule in mind: toilets were made to handle human waste and toilet paper. Anything else can clog your septic system and result in a very expensive and inconvenient mess down the road.
It is also important to contact a professional septic service team to pump and inspect your septic system at least once every 3-5 years. This allows a trained expert to evaluate the health of your septic system and to remove the waste that naturally accumulates from normal use. It’s always easier and safer to contact a professional to perform this service for you. You can kick back and relax while a team member from Acme takes care of the dirty work.
Do Not Flush Cat Litter Down Your Toilet
Though flushing cat litter after scooping out your feline’s litter box may seem like a reasonable decision, it’s not safe for your septic system. It’s easy to understand why some may assume that it is safe to flush. It can’t be that far off from human waste, right? The problem that comes from flushing cat litter, even if it’s just a small amount, is that the litter can swell as it absorbs water, causing a clog in your septic tank. Cat litter is also very dense, so even if swelling weren’t an issue, the weight of the litter alone would be enough to create a blockage.
It is also possible that feline waste contains the parasite toxoplasmosis gondii. If This parasite were to be released into the environment and cause human infection, the results could be dangerous.
You may have seen “flushable” cat litter come onto the market recently, but we still don’t recommend it for septic systems.
Do Not Rinse Grease Down The Drain
The kitchen sink seems like such a convenient means of disposal for pretty much anything that will fit down there when you’re cleaning up after dinner. Unfortunately, it’s not the greatest idea to try to wash certain kinds of food particles down the sink. That greasy but delicious meal you made for dinner last night won’t go down the sink nearly as easily as it went into your stomach!
When grease is repeatedly disposed of via your septic system, it solidifies and creates clogs. These clogs can have some pretty obvious side effects, and may result in your septic system needing to be repaired or replaced.
Do Not Flush Paper Products Down The Toilet
Other than toilet paper, there are no other paper products that should ever be flushed down the toilet. This is an important category to remember because there are many hygiene and toiletry items that may seem safe to flush down the toilet. These other non-flushable items include:
- Paper towels
- Baby wipes
- Feminine hygiene items
- Dental floss
- Cotton swabs and other ear-cleaning swabs
Even though many of these products are small, the thickness or other qualities of the objects may prevent them from breaking down at the same rate that toilet paper will. It is important to remember that septic systems are not built to deal with these products. Even if they flush down the toilet, they can cause clogs and backups once they reach your septic tank. It’s great to have multi-purpose toiletry items, but mopping the floor with them after your toilet overflows is one possible use you’ll want to avoid.
Other Items To Avoid Flushing
You should also avoid flushing:
- Scraps of food
- Trash in general
Simply remembering that only human waste and toilet paper should be flushed is one of the most significant steps you can take to avoid septic clogs. If septic systems are properly cared for and serviced regularly, they can last for decades.
“The team at Acme is incredible. We inherited an issue when we moved into our home and although it was well past the warranty date, the team was willing to come out, take a look, and assist with remedying the problem (a problem that was not caused by them!) Everyone, from the receptionist, workers and owner have been pleasant, responsive, understanding and kind. These are the kinds of people that you want to succeed in business! Will certainly be using Acme for any future septic needs, as well as recommending them to anyone that will listen!” -Amelia R.
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