People that have depended on a septic system for years can all tell you that the only things you should flush down your toilet are toilet paper and waste. Though an occasional small piece of food or trash may slip by without causing a big problem, here at Marion Pumper, we can tell you that there are a few things that people try to flush that nearly always cause septic problems.
- Feminine hygiene products – These products are infamous for causing clogs. By keeping a small waste basket, preferably with a lid, close to your toilet, you can provide a better, safer option for disposing these necessities.
- Bleach – Often times people use bleach on their toilet in effort to remove stains. However, that same chemical can be just as effective at killing off important bacteria in your septic tank that helps break down waste. When choosing a cleaning product, look for a label that says “septic safe” or has some other indication that it won’t harm your septic system.
- Condoms – Some people would rather flush these products to avoid the embarrassment of them being seen. The problem is that they will likely cause your system to back up and may result in expensive repairs, which could be even more embarrassing when the cause is determined. Again, a well-placed, closed trash can is the better option.
- Baby wipes – Even the “flushable” baby wipes can cause septic problems. Unlike toilet paper, these bulky cotton-based materials like wipes, napkins, and paper towels are all difficult for your septic system to move around, eventually resulting in a need for septic repairs.
If troubles with your system do occur, don’t hesitate to call us at Marion Pumper. We are dedicated to helping our customers and offering affordable solutions for your septic problems.