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Liquids That Could Be Damaging Your Septic System

Septic tank systems work well when they’re cared for properly. Unfortunately, many homeowners aren’t aware that certain liquids could damage their septic system. It’s important to remember that all the water in your home ends up in your septic system, so this includes any liquids that you are pouring down your drains. Here are some liquids that could be damaging your septic system.


We tend to use bleach as a cure-all for cleaning. While it’s true that bleach is incredible at cleaning tough messes and disinfecting our home, it’s actually extremely harsh on the inner workings of your plumbing system. A small capful used in the laundry or to clean a germy mess is fine, but pouring large amounts down your sinks or toilets can cause severe damage to your pipes or mess with the bacteria balance in your tank.

Laundry Detergent

When it comes to buying laundry detergent, there are kinds you should look for if you have a septic system. Some laundry detergents contain harmful chemicals that can damage your septic system and contaminate the surrounding groundwater. Look for detergents with septic-safe labels or ones that are made with plant-based ingredients. Talk to your septic tank company for safe laundry options.

Dishwasher Detergent

Like laundry soaps, dishwasher detergents can be harmful to your system. It’s best to use natural-based detergents or ones labeled as safe for your septic system.

Drain Cleaner

A one-time use of drain cleaner isn’t going to do any damage to your septic tank, but if you’re using it on a weekly or even monthly basis, you could be causing problems to the bacteria balance in your tank. If you’re experiencing frequent clogs, it could be an indication of a serious problem with your plumbing. Instead of pouring potentially harmful drain cleaners down your pipe, contact a professional plumber.

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