Toilet Tips When Operating On A Septic System

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.

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Handling Your Septic System

A septic system can be a real challenge if you haven't used one before. My name is Amy, and I have some experience with going from a city sewer system to using a septic tank. When you are used to a sewer system, a septic tank can be overwhelming. There are different guidelines for what can be flushed and poured down the drain. There is professional maintenance to consider, and even some of your water usage habits may need to be addressed. This blog will tell you all you need to know about your septic system and how you can use it in a way that is the most beneficial to your family.