Manage What Goes Down Drains

More solids in wastewater will require more frequent septic tank pumping. In addition, your septic system is not able to effectively treat all materials. 

Follow these tips:

  • Your septic system is not a trash can! Don't put dental floss, feminine hygiene products, condoms, diapers, cotton swabs, cigarette butts, coffee grounds, cat litter, paper towels, or other similar items in the system.
  • Do not overuse the garbage disposal. It adds considerably more solids to the system. Consider composting kitchen waste instead.
  • Do not put grease or oils down the drain. They can increase the scum layer in the septic tank.
  • Do not dump unwanted pesticides, fertilizers or insecticides down the drain. Take them to a household hazardous waste collection center instead.
  • Do not dump paints, thinners or solvents or other materials down the drain. Take them to a household hazardous waste collection center instead.
  • Do not dump or flush excess medications down the drain. Visit the Don't Flush Drugs website for helpful information, including locations of where to safely dispose of these items.
  • A septic system can handle typical amounts of cleaners used for routine cleaning. Do not overuse cleaning products, and do not dump excess cleaning products down the drain.
  • Do not use septic system starters, feeders or additives. These products are not necessary. No product will allow a homeowner to skip regular septic tank pumping. In addition, additives may actually cause more solids to flow into the drainfield - doing more harm than good! Save the money you would spend on these products and use it to have your tank pumped regularly.

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