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Septic Tank 101: The Things You Should Never Put Down the Drain

A septic tank been opened by an excavator

Keeping your septic tank in good condition is essential to maintain proper functionality and avoid costly and smelly repairs.

One of the important actions you can take is to watch what items go down the drain. Read on to learn more about this and other forms of septic tank care.

Septic Tank Care 101 - What Should Never Go Down the Drain?

Basic septic tank maintenance is often simple common sense, especially with what you put down the drain. Besides proper functioning, there are Codes and standards in Alberta regarding septic tanks that must be followed. There are two main concerns with septic tanks, clogging and impacts on the surrounding area. Some items that should never go down the drain include the following.

Food Particles

Food waste is a significant source of concern in the kitchen sink. After meals, it's easy to just throw the obvious waste, like skin and bones, out and let everything else go down the drain.

However, small food particles can build up over time and cause a clog. Waste as simple as used coffee grounds can contribute to this problem.

Oils and Grease

You may think that oils and grease are liquids, so what's the risk, you would be wrong. These liquids become sticky and trap other solid waste when they cool and solidify.

Latex Products

These products are classified as non-biodegradable. Even if they slip through the pipes, which they often don't, the bacteria in the tank won't be able to break them down.

Paper Products

Don't let a large drain or garbage disposal fool you; paper products should never go down the drain. These items absorb water, which makes them a source of clogging.

Chemicals of Any Kind

Chemical products should be disregarded at local disposal sites and never put into a septic system. These items can harm your tank's ability to process and even infiltrate the nearby water supply.

What Are Other Parts of Basic Septic Tank Maintenance?

While you're not a professional, there are simple actions you can perform to help with septic tank care. You should regularly take some time to observe the area around the tank.

If you see standing water or smell unusual odours, there might be a problem. Additionally, pay attention to how the drains are working; if water is draining slowly, it might mean there is a clog.

Regular pumping should also be performed on a tank. If you don't do this, serious problems can occur, including a decrease in capacity and overflow.

Are You Ready For Septic Tank Care?

Now that you know what should never go down the drain, do you feel more confident in providing septic tank care? Products that cause clogs or don't break down should never go down the drain. By making basic observations, you can check to ensure it's functioning correctly.

If you need help, contact us for all your septic tank needs.

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