By the time you're a homeowner, it's safe to say that you've been potty-trained for quite some time. However, if you recently purchased a home that operates on a septic system, you might need some updated potty tips. When it comes to toilet use, septic systems operate differently than traditional systems and have different requirements. Here are some tips that can keep your system operating efficiently and, most importantly, help you avoid expensive repair costs.
Choose The Right Toilet Paper
In the past, you may have simply picked up whatever toilet paper was on sale. However, you can't be as carefree when it comes to operating with a septic system. While you don't have to settle for sandpaper, it's often best to avoid those ultra-soft brands that include softening additives in their blend, including lotion.
This type of toilet paper does not break down properly and eventually ends up creating a huge ball of paper that blocks the system. Look for those brands that say safe for septic tank use or to be on the safe side, ask your plumber for a recommendation.
Keep Everything Out Of The Toilet
With a regular system, while not recommended, you may have been able to get away with flushing the occasional cotton ball or facial tissue without any repercussion. Don't expect this same grace when it comes to a septic design as they are considered the zero-tolerance systems of plumbing. If it isn't waste or safe toilet paper – do not put it in your toilet bowl.
These items will collect in the tank and create a blockage that can damage the tank and send the overflowing wastewater back into your home. To stay safe, invest in small waste baskets that you can place directly next to all your toilets.
Use The Right Cleaner
Just like with toilet paper, you can't use every type of cleaner to disinfect your toilet when you're operating on a septic system. One chemical to stay away from is chlorine beach, sometimes often referred to as sodium hypochlorite on product labels. While a great cleaner, it is too powerful for septic systems.
Not only will it clean away the harmful bacteria in your toilet, but it will also attack the good bacteria in the tank that helps break down waste. Oxygen bleach is a better cleaning alternative that is effective and safe.
Make sure you're being toilet wise and not damaging your septic system.