What Can't Be Flushed Down My Septic Tank?

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What Can't Be Flushed Down My Septic Tank?

If you are new to having a septic tank in your property rather than using the public sewage system, there are some things you need to know in order to keep your tanks happy and healthy. Here at Septic Blue of Raleigh, we spend a good amount of time at each of our appointments educating you on how to properly care for your septic tanks. Being a septic company, we’ve seen just about everything you can imagine when it comes to your septic systems.

Offering services from septic tank cleaning to providing you with the education you need to continue your septic tank care after our appointment, Septic Blue of Raleigh is here to ensure your septic tank is always working as it should. We’ve seen way too many people flush things down their toilets that are just going to sit in their tanks and cause clogs, so we figured we’d create this guide to help you know what can’t be flushed down into your septic tank.

If You Have a Septic Tank, These Are Things You Shouldn’t Flush…

  • Fats, oils, and grease

In the world of septic tanks, these are the enemy of septic tanks. Flushing any kinds of fats, oils, or greases can cause your drains to clog quickly. When they dry and thicken up as they go through your drains, they create a layer of scum within your septic tank that leads to serious issues with your septic tank.

  • Hygiene products

Another thing you should never flush down your toilet into your septic tank is any kind of feminine hygiene products, applicators, wipes, or disposable diapers. They can create serious blockages and cause you to need our septic tank cleaning services more often than you should.

  • Cotton products

Any kind of cotton products such as cotton balls, Q-tips, band-aids, bandage wrapping, or tissues and paper towels should never be flushed into your septic tank. Unlike toilet paper, these products don’t dissolve as they process through your drains. They simply sit in your tank and cause massive clogging.

  • Toiletries

When we hear the word toiletries, we automatically think of things like shampoo, conditioner, body wash, etc. But that’s not what we’re talking about today. When we say toiletries, we mean things like contact lenses, dental floss, any latex-based items, etc. Your septic tank is not a garbage can – so don’t flush them, throw them out!

  • Chemicals

Again, your septic tank isn’t a garbage. Even though you want to dump your harsh chemicals down the drain, you should never do so. Things like auto fluids, paint, lawn chemicals, etc. should never be flushed into your septic tank.

Are you new to owning a septic tank and you need advice on how to properly care for it? Are you not sure what to do with your septic tank and you need a septic company? Do you need septic services such as septic tank cleaning? Call Septic Blue of Raleigh for all your septic service needs!