3 Personal Habits That Could Be Effecting The Health Of Your Plumbing And Septic Systems


While there are many factors outside of your control that can impact the health of your plumbing and septic systems, such as bad weather and plant growth, some of your personal habits can also have a negative impact on these systems as well. Continue reading to learn more about how three common habits can actually end up costing you hundreds or even thousands of dollars in plumbing repairs and services.

Using Antibacterial Soaps

The use of antibacterial soaps may be good for your health, but they are not good for the health of your septic system. When food and other solid waste is washed into your septic tank, the bacteria inside the tank work to break this waste down. When you use antibacterial soaps in your home, the same ingredients that kill bacteria on your skin and other surfaces will also attack the bacteria inside your septic system. This can cause solid waste to break down at a much slower rate as bacteria levels continue to drop. This will ultimately lead to the far more frequent need for septic tank pumping services.

It is quite understandable that you may not be willing to stop using antibacterial products. However, if you do not wish to change this habit, you should consider the use of bacteria additives in your septic system in order to help offset the damage that antibacterial products can cause. 

Flushing Products You Shouldn't

Just because a product technically will flush does not mean that it should be flushed. Feminine products, baby wipes, and cigarette butts are among some of the most common products that people routinely flush down the toilet that have the potential to wreak serious havoc on both their plumbing and septic systems. This is because these products do not break down quickly and will therefore begin to build up inside your pipes or septic tank. Over the course of time, this buildup of products can result in clogged drain pipes or an overflowing septic tank. To prevent these problems, a good rule of thumb is to never flush anything non-organic down your toilet unless it specifically states that it is septic safe.

Rinsing Food And Grease Down The Kitchen Sink 

This particular habit is extremely common and causes issues that are similar to the problems you will experience when flushing larger products down your toilet. What makes this particular habit so bad is that people rarely view this habit as a problem and will therefore continue to rinse food and grease down their kitchen sink as often as several times a day. The problem is that even small food particles can quickly begin to build up inside your septic tank and restrict the amount of space available for incoming waste water. Cooking grease and grease rendered from fatty foods can also begin to solidify as it makes its way through your plumbing system, causing blockages that can be difficult to access and remove.

Contact a plumbing company in your area to learn more.


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