What Should NOT be Put into the Septic System?

Taking care of your septic system is important both to keep your system working properly and to take care of the environment. Here are some tips that will help you to determine what can be put into your system.

Do not pour cooking greases, oils, and fats down the drain. Grease hardens in the septic tank and accumulates until it clogs the inlet or outlet. Grease poured down the drain with hot water may flow through the septic tank and clog the soil pores completely.

Pesticides, paints, paint thinners, solvents, disinfectants, poisons and other household chemicals should not be dumped down the drain. When put into a septic system these chemicals may kill soil microorganisms that help purify the sewage. Also, some organic chemicals will flow untreated through the septic tank and the soil, thus contaminating the underlying groundwater.

Disposable cleaning wipes, balloons, diapers, cigarette butts, paper wipes. Any other items that cannot break down naturally also should not be added to the system.

Make sure you are aware of the types and amounts of extra waste materials that are poured down the drain. Limiting the use of your garbage disposal will minimize the flow of excessive solids into your tank. Garbage disposals usually double the amount of solids added to the tank.

If you have questions about your system or would like to have JJ Pumping check to determine if your system is working properly contact us at (320) 894-7608 or fill out our online form here.