Your home's septic tank is the most important part of your plumbing system, as it provides a method for waste disposal in your home. Any sort of damage or irregularity with your septic tank can have a massive effect not only on your home's plumbing but also on your day to day schedule as well - and can even cause structural damage within your home and within your yard's landscaping design. Understanding some of the items that can cause issues within your septic system can allow you to alter your cleaning and draining habits to better maintain your septic tank and home plumbing system.
1. Paper Products
Though this may seem counterintuitive, some of the worst things that you can flush down your toilet are paper products. While toilet paper is fine, since it is not very durable and is designed to break down quickly and efficiently, other paper products used for cleaning can quickly form clogs due to their more durable nature. This includes things like wipes, paper towels, diapers, and feminine products. Furthermore, you need to take extra care with cleaning wipes and paper towels that have chemicals on them, as these chemicals can kill the bacteria within your septic tank and reduce how effectively your septic system breaks down waste.
2. Medicine and Pills
In a similar vein to the above point, the chemicals within most medicines and pills, such as cough syrup and a range of different prescriptions, can also be toxic to bacteria within your septic system, ruining how quickly and efficiently they are able to break down the waste in your tank. Further, pills and tablets are not easily dissolvable, and a large quantity of them building up within your tank can quickly lead to a blockage developing which prevents waste from draining out of your home - which can lead to sewage backups and other nasty headaches.
While food may seem unlike the above two points, since most food is biodegradable and should, therefore, be able to be handled by your septic tank fairly easily, you still need to make sure that you don't flush or drain excessive amounts of food waste. Food will quickly turn to sludge in your septic tank, greatly increasing the rate at which the tank will need to be pumped and thus requiring more maintenance and increasing the risk of overflowing and structural damage. Instead, consider starting a compost pile somewhere in your yard or garden, or simply throw food waste into the trash.
For more information, contact a company like B & B Drain Tech Inc.