Look for a "Septic Safe" logo when purchasing bathroom and cleaning supplies. Doing so can save you money from expensive repair bills in the future.
Did you know that the toilet paper you use can affect how often you need to pump your septic tank? Or that the soap you use to wash your clothes or dishes can clog up your plumbing lines?
Using "Septic Safe" toilet paper, soaps and other cleaning supplies can help protect your home's plumbing lines, septic system and more.
So what is "Septic Safe"?
Septic Safe products are typically natural or organic, more environmentally friendly, and are much more biodegradable than their counterparts. Septic systems operate as an organic system, using anaerobic bacteria to break down waste. Using harsh chemicals not designed for septic systems can kill off these bacteria, hindering the decomposition process which can lead to drainfield problems and septic tank backups.
Cleaners, degreasers, soaps, and anything else that might go down your drains will end up in the septic tank. If the chemicals aren't septic safe, they could kill the bacteria inside the tank, leaving you with a "dead" tank. Very soon, waste and other products can build up around the baffles and cause slow or gurgling drains, backups, or clogged lateral lines.
Chemicals like bleach, antibacterial soaps, harsh drainage products or oily or greasy liquids can all cause major problems for septic systems. Toilet paper that is not marked "Septic Safe" may not break down, resulting in an overload of toilet paper inside the septic tank. Too many solids inside the tank can clog baffles, or escape to the drainfield, which can cost thousands of dollars to repair.
Making sure to use products marked "Septic Safe" can increase the time between pumpings, as well as further protect your system's operation in the future. This means saving money on repair bills and the comfort of knowing everything is in good working order.