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How Medications Can Weaken Your Septic System

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Every item you flush down your commode affects your septic system. We are often cautious about physical, easy-to-see items like wipes, feminine products, q-tips, and dental floss, but what about unseen items like medicine?

Your body doesn’t completely break down medications, so they enter the system through body waste, destroying the helpful bacteria that treat your wastewater. This makes your septic system work harder and can lead to more expense.

When your doctor prescribes medication, he is likely not thinking of your septic system. That can create a conflict between what is good for your health and what is good for the health of your septic system. Of course, the health of our bodies should always come first, but that sometimes means living with the consequences and expenses of septic-system-weakening medicine.

Not all medications harm your system, especially if taken for a short amount of time. Check out this article from OnSiteInstaller.com for more information.


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