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To Flush, or Not to Flush: The Do’s and Don’ts for Your Septic System

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You may be wondering what is okay to flush down into your septic system. The items that are safe to flush are greatly outweighed by those that are not. Here’s a quick list to reference the next time you are unsure.

Always flush:

  • Toilet paper
  • Human waste and wastewater

Never flush:

  • Wipes of any kind (even if they say flushable)
  • Q-tips
  • Paper Towels
  • Tissues
  • Dental Floss
  • Feminine products
  • Condoms
  • Tobacco products
  • Needles
  • Candy or gum wrappers
  • Any sort of trash

Other items that should not go down the drain:

  • Cooking oil
  • Bath oil
  • Grease
  • Garbage disposal use
  • Excessive bleach
  • Harsh chemicals
  • Antifreeze
  • Paint

Following the above guidelines will not only prevent septic system issues, it will also prevent plumbing blockages. Half of the calls we receive for backup in the home are not due to the septic system, but due to clogs in the pipes. So, watch out for both! Use common sense and don’t flush things down the toilet that are not part of the toilets intended use.

If you’ve been allowing items into your septic system that shouldn’t be there, call us today for a free estimate to pump and clean your septic tank. Its better late than never!


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