Garbage Disposals & Septic Tank Systems

July 13 2020

Garbage Disposals & Septic Tank Systems

The garbage disposal is a complex piece of equipment that is worth installing under your kitchen sink. It has an immense value to your kitchen and makes your daily routine easier.

However, wrong installation or misuse of the garbage disposal by some homeowners could contribute to the increase of non-bio degradable materials in the septic tank. Some individuals throw food wastes that contain fats, oils, and greases through the sink. Such a careless act could decrease the efficiency of the system and may cause the emission of offensive odor as well as intermittent clogging of the pipes.

In this article, we shared some tips on how homeowners could use the garbage disposal and septic tank in their homes without having issues.

Minimize the Usage of the Garbage Disposal in Your Home

If you’re a homeowner that wants to ensure the functionality and longevity of the septic system in your property, then break the habit of using garbage disposal as an alternative to trash cans or stop throwing every food waste into sink.

This home appliance (the garbage disposal) is not meant to replace the trash cans in your home; rather, it is designed only to handle the remnants left behind after you have washed your dishes.

Limit the Amount of Solids That Pass Through the System

It is important that you limit the amount of solids that pass through the system because they will build up and negatively affect the microorganisms in your septic system. Below are some of the items that shouldn’t be allowed to pass through the system.

  • Cat litter
  • Tampons
  • Earbuds
  • Dental floss
  • Disposable diapers
  • Cigarette butts

Stop Throwing Eggshells in the Garbage Disposal

Eggshells may seem fragile, but they are difficult for the bacteria in the septic tank to dissolve. More so, the shells stick on the body of the drain and could cause other significant problems for the system.

Don’t Allow Coffee Beans and Paper Towels to Pass through the System

Never mind the ‘old wives' tale about the advantages of putting coffee grounds down the sink each day; the truth is that it causes more blockages than you can imagine.

That is why the coffee beans and paper towels should be another addition to your compost pile if you want your plumbing system to be highly efficient.

Reduce the Use of Non-biodegradable Household Cleaners in your Sink

Allowing non-biodegradable substances to enter your septic system through the sink will definitely cause problems. Substances like disinfectants, bleaches, and cleaning products are not recommended to be used or allowed to pass through the system. These substances inhibit the microorganisms in the septic tank from functioning properly.

In addition to the items and substances mentioned above, you should also avoid potato peels, or starchy foods like rice, pasta, and beans from getting into your septic tank through the sink and garbage disposal.

Let your Plumbing System be Evaluated or Maintained by a Professional

As a homeowner, the chances are that you may have deviated from the standard set rules that ensure the efficiency of your plumbing system. Therefore, you need to call professionals from Septic Blue to evaluate your septic system. Our septic services will help you to avoid expensive repair or replacement in the nearest future.