If you own a septic system, you’ve probably been warned against using a garbage disposal. The truth is, garbage disposals can be entirely safe for use if you have a septic system. In fact, a garbage disposal can even be helpful. Let’s take a closer look.
Don’t Use Your Disposal as a Garbage Can
It’s important to remember that everything that goes down your garbage disposal will end up in your septic tank. This means that throwing everything off your dinner plate into your disposal is not a good idea. Some things will be easily broken down by the bacteria in your tank, in fact, some of the food items can be beneficial to your bacteria supply. However, certain things like rough vegetable peels, cooking grease, and eggshells should be never be put down your garbage disposal. Too much organic materials like fruits and vegetables can also begin to overwhelm the bacteria in your septic tank.
Regular Pumping Becomes Essential
If you have a garbage disposal in your home, you must pump your tank regularly, even more often than you would normally. Extra waste down your drains mean extra waste in your septic tank, so it’s crucial to have it pumped by a reputable company regularly. As well as regular pumping, be sure to have your septic system inspected at least once a year.
With Responsible Use, Garbage Disposals Can Help
Since you’re using a garbage disposal in your home, you’ll be more likely to be aware of problems with your septic tank when they begin. To avoid expensive and potentially dangerous septic backups or leaks, call Affordable Pumping Services at the first sign of any problem like clogs or slow drainage.
Regular pumping is the key to have a healthy, functioning septic system. Call Affordable Pumping Services today to get on a regular pumping schedule!