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Do Not Flush Rules and Why You Should Follow Them

Do Not Flush Rules and Why You Should Follow Them

Septic care starts with how you treat your septic system. This includes what you put down your drains. One of the best things you can do for your septic system is to follow the Do Not Flush Rule. If you are unaware of what this rule entails, here’s a list of things you shouldn’t flush and the reasons why.

Reasons to Follow the Do Not Flush Rules

These rules were established to help keep your septic system up and running and to avoid the need for emergency septic service. Following these rules will help you avoid unnecessary clogs and help keep your tank’s good bacteria at a healthy level. You must follow these rules if you want to prolong your septic system’s life span.

Septic Bacteria

If you avoid flushing these items, you are saving the bacteria in your septic tank.

  • Bleaches
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Insecticides
  • Paint Thinners

These items are toxic to your system and should be avoided.

They can kill the bacteria that live in your septic tank. Your septic tank relies on a healthy number of bacteria to break down the solids and treat the wastewater that comes from your home or business. The treated water then flows through your drain field and is reabsorbed into the soil. If there are not enough bacteria to adequately break down the solid, waste can travel into your drain field and clog it, causing a system to back up. This backup could lead to costly repairs or the need for emergency septic service.

These Items Will Cause Clogs

Certain foods should not go down your drain. Foods that are starchy or stringy can cause your pipes to clog and lead to septic issues. Similarly, foods that have rinds or peels should also be avoided. These items include:

  • Fibrous or starchy foods
  • potatoes
  • Onion skins
  • Orange or lemon peels
  • Artichokes
  • Celery
  • Corn husks
  • Coffee grounds
  • Eggshells
  • Rice
  • quinoa
  • Pasta

These foods can also cause problems if you own a garbage disposal. 

Oils and Grease

These will adhere to your pipes, causing a build-up of sludge or slime. Over time, the build-up could expand or worsen into a complete blockage.

Bathroom and Hygiene Products

Some products make you think that they are compostable or organic, but they are not safe to flush. These will cause clogs in your pipes or amass in your septic tank. Some items include:

  • Flushable wipes
  • Feminine products
  • Cotton swabs
  • Dental floss
  • Diapers

Following the items on this list can help save you money and prevent a stressful situation.

If you would like more information on the Do Not Flush Rules or if you need emergency septic service, contact the Poop Dudes.

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