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How Garbage Disposals Affect Your Septic System

One of the most frequently asked questions septic companies hear is, “Can I have a garbage disposal if I have a septic tank?” The short answer is yes. You can use a garbage disposal if you have a septic system. However, there are essential precautions you need to take when using it. Read on to learn how garbage disposals affect your septic system.

Everything That Goes Down Your Drains Ends Up in Your Septic Tank

It’s important to remember that everything you flush down your toilets or pour down your drains ends up in your septic tank. This applies to your garbage disposal too. So, if you use one, keep in mind that your septic tank will have more solids in it. That’s why most septic companies recommend NOT having a garbage disposal at all. Food breaks down a lot slower than other solids in your septic tank, so it could disturb the bacterial balance. So, if you decide to use a disposal, keep in mind that you will most likely have to pump your tank more frequently and have more frequent maintenance calls.

How to Use Your Garbage Disposal

If you still would like to use a garbage disposal, here are some tips to keep it septic friendly:

  • Only use cold water when you grind food
  • Clean your disposal regularly with dish soap
  • Run it regularly to prevent rust and corrosion

Opt for a Compost Pile Instead

At the end of the day, using a garbage disposal may not be worth it. Instead of a garbage disposal, opt for a compost pile. All you need to do is collect your food scraps and then place them outside in your compost pile. It’s great for gardens and the environment. It’s a win-win!

Not sure if your garbage disposal is causing a problem for your septic tank? Let our experts check it out! Affordable Pumping Services is here for all your septic system needs. Give us a call today.

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