If you have a septic tank, then you’re probably excited to receive all the benefits from it – it’s economic, environmentally friendly, and it has very little maintenance. When it comes to septic services, you really only need to get them done every 3 to 5 years, unless you’re not maintaining your tank well. Although it’s low maintenance, there are things that you can do in your daily life to help maintain it’s condition, including being aware of what you’re flushing down your toilet.
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This is because everything that you flush down your toilet goes straight to your tank. If you are continually flushing things that you shouldn’t, then it can cause your tank to fail, which can be an expensive repair or replacement. That’s why you should be cautious of flushing the following things down your toilet.
What NOT to Flush Down Your Toilet
- Cigarette buts
- Expired medications
- Antibacterial products
- Wet wipes/face wipes
- Sanitary towels
- Cat litter
- Dental floss
- Paper towels
- Harsh chemicals
These are some of the common products that people flush that can affect their tank. Each product has a different reason that it affects the tank, but most of them can either kill the bacteria in the tank or are solid products that are hard to break down.
Aside from these products, you should be aware of companies that tell you to use additives. Additives are supposed to break down solid waste, but they actually just kill the bacteria in your tank, therefore having the opposite effect. If you need any septic services, or you have more questions about how to maintain your tank, reach out to your local expert.