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You probably already know that regular maintenance on your septic system is an important step to avoid septic tank problems. However, there are other things you can do on a regular basis that can also keep your system operating properly. Here are a few of the things you should know that can save you hassles and money down the road.

Septic Tank Problems

  1. Toilet – The only things that should be flushed are human waste and toilet paper. All other items, including feminine products, cat litter, paper towels, facial tissue, wet wipes, diapers, condoms, and makeup applicators should go into the trash instead.
  2. Cleaning Products – You should avoid cleaning products that are antibacterial as these kill not only the bacteria you don’t want but also the vital bacteria that reside in the septic tank. Bacteria work to break down waste in the tank, so you have fewer septic tank problems. If you want to use antibacterial items in your home, opt for disposable cloths or using a pail that you dump outside instead of down the drain or flush.
  3. Sink Drains – Take care to keep grease, oils, and fats from going down the drain. Wipe out pans with paper towels before washing to cut down on these getting into your septic system. It is also a good idea to compost your kitchen scraps rather than use the garbage disposal frequently.
  4. Bathroom – Hair not only clogs drains but is also a problem for septic tanks. One tip is to set a paper towel in the sink when cutting hair or trimming a mustache or beard so that the fallen debris can be thrown out instead.

If you would like more tips on how to avoid septic tank problems or want to make an appointment to have your septic tank serviced, give us a call at American Waste Septic. We have served the area for more than 25 years. We handle both residential and commercial septic needs. Call today to learn more.