What are top-10 things never to flush in your septic tanks or STPs?
Septic tanks collect waste water from toilets, sinks, and showers on your property. So, we probably don't have to tell you exactly what you should put in it. Instead, we'd like to focus on some of the things you should never flush into a septic tank in order to avoid future septic tank issues.
There are hundreds, if not thousands, of items that should never be flushed into a septic tank or a sewage treatment system. And, in our line of work, we've seen some strange things lurking in septic tanks or STPs.
However, there are several items that, if flushed into the septic tank, can cause serious problems and, in the worst-case scenario, cause the entire system to fail.
Here are our top ten:
1: Grease and fat - Cooking oils and fats should not be poured down the sink. It could clog the conduit from your house to the tank, but it could also cause serious issues with the soakaway system if your septic tank is connected to one. This is because it can clog the pipework's perforated openings, preventing waste water from percolating into the soil.
2: Antibacterial products - Antibacterial hand soaps and kitchen cleaners can kill the 'good' bacteria in your septic tank, preventing it from breaking down the particles discharged into it as efficiently as it should.
3: Sanitary products - These should be thrown away in a bin.If they are thrown into the toilets, then they create blockage because they are not flushable items.
4: Wet Wipes: Some manufacturers will claim to be 'flushable' when it comes to wet wipes (including face wipes). However, if the system is down, they will not be the ones to come and fix the problem, so don't take the chance.
5: Paints and varnishes: They contain chemicals, so wash your paint brushes outside rather than in the sink. The chemicals may interfere with your septic tank's treatment procedure.
6: Cotton buds: They are small sticks of mischief that may wreak havoc on your septic system. They are not biodegradable, and if your drainage system includes a sewage treatment plant or any other mechanical component, they can become caught and cause it to fail.
7: Nappies: They should be bagged and thrown away rather than flushed into your septic tank since they are not biodegradable and can cause a serious obstruction.
8: Cat litter - We're not sure who throws cat litter down their toilet in the first place, but it appears to be a prevalent problem. In any case, it's best to avoid it because it's largely formed of clay particles, which can clog pipes and aren't broken down in the tank.
9: Rainwater - it's better to avoid connecting any rainwater down pipes or ditches to the septic tank to avoid overloading it. Excessive water entering the tank can churn things up inside, resulting in some lumpy material being flushed into the soakaway.
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