If you have a septic system at your home, it’s important to be aware of what you pour down your drains. Certain substances could damage your system or mess with the bacterial balance in your tank. Here’s a simple rundown of what should and shouldn’t go down your sink drain.
It’s important to remember that everything that goes down your drains ends up in your septic tank. So it’s not just bathroom sinks and toilets that you need to worry about, you have to be aware of what goes down your kitchen sink too. When it comes to your kitchen sink, avoid these items from going down your drain:
- Food Scraps
- Coffee Grounds
- Grease or Oil
- Chemical Drain Cleaners
- Hazardous Chemicals like Bleach, Paint, and Disinfectants
If any of the above items reach your septic tank, they could either throw off the bacteria balance or kill it entirely, leaving you with a septic system that is functioning poorly or not functioning at all. This could lead to expensive and disastrous problems like backups and leaks.
When it comes to your bathroom sink, you still need to be mindful of what is poured into it. You should be using a gentle handsoap, rather than the antibacterial variety which can mess with the helpful bacteria in your tank. You also should avoid any harsh chemicals or cleaners with bleach. Instead, look for green or natural bathroom cleaners. Products like toothpaste and mouthwash are perfectly fine to rinse down the sink in moderation. And as always, remember to never flush anything down the toilet other than waste and toilet paper.
Still have questions about what’s safe to pour down your sinks? Ask the experts at Affordable Pumping. Call today for an appointment or to get on a regular pumping schedule.