Even though many homes have garbage disposals installed in them, that doesn’t mean they are in the best interest of your septic system. Sure it chops all of the food you put into it into tiny pieces, but those pieces are actually quite harmful to your septic system. They aren’t going to end up breaking down in the tank. Over time, they cause clogs in the leach field. If you are dead set on using your garbage disposal, there are a few things you need to do to make sure you don’t cause problems with your drain field that could have been avoided in the first place.
Monitor Your Disposal
While no one can monitor every single thing that goes into their garbage disposal, you can try to keep the trash to a minimum. Anything from grease to coffee grounds, leftover food, cigarettes, and paints shouldn’t be put into your drain. If at all possible, take all of the food scraps and put them in compost. Fewer toxins in your system will keep it running better for longer.
Refrain from Using Harsh Cleaners
A garbage disposal is going to end up smelling at some point in time or another. When they do start smelling, you don’t want to throw a bunch of cleaning agents or deodorizers in them. All of these common products that people tend to use are going to kill off your good bacteria that your system needs to operate properly. Use a safe cleaner made of vinegar and baking soda. Spice it up with a hint of lemon juice for a clean, fresh scent.
Pump Your System More Often
By using the garbage disposal, you are letting more solid matter into your tank. Because of that, you will need to have someone come out to your home and empty your tank more often. All of those food particles are going to cause the sludge to build up quickly. The last thing you want is the sludge going into your leach field. Stop it in its tracks by having someone come out and drain the system on a regular basis. In doing so, you prevent your system from backing up and keep your leach field clean and clear.
By taking the information above and putting it to use in your everyday life, you can keep your system working better for longer. It saves your system and saves you a lot of hassle and headache along the way. For more information, talk to a sewer service like DBR Plumbing.