4 Things That Should Never Be Flushed Down The Toilet In A Home With A Septic Tank

Homes that are not connected to a municipal sewer system rely on septic systems for proper waste management. When properly cared for, septic systems can do an excellent job of managing and disposing of the waste that a household produces. However, homeowners with a septic system need to pay attention to what is introduced into the septic system, especially what is flushed down the toilet. The following things should never be flushed down the toilets of a home with a septic system.

"Flushable" Wipes

Over the past several years, "flushable" moist wipes to use in the bathroom have become increasingly popular. Despite the way they are branded, flushable wipes are not good for the pipes in your home, especially when you have a septic system. Flushable wipes don't break down properly after they are flushed, which means that they can cause major clogs. Even if the flushable wipes successfully make it into the septic tank without causing a clog, they won't degrade properly, meaning that you're adding a lot of unnecessary waste to the septic tank.

Paper Towels

Like flushable wipes, paper towels are not designed to break down quickly when in water. While paper towels may seem very similar to toilet paper, they are actually usually thicker. Regularly flushing paper towels down the toilet will just fill up your septic tank faster and you also run the risk of creating a major clog. When you have a septic tank, paper towels always need to go in the trash, not in the toilet.

Cat Litter

Cleaning a litter box is one of the downsides of owning an indoor cat as a pet. If you use clay-based cat litter, it is essential to never flush the litter down the toilet. Clay hardens and expands when it becomes wet, which can cause a huge problem for your pipes and septic tank. There are "flushable" cat litter brands on the market, and while they are typically made of a combination of corn, wheat, pine, or wood shavings, they are not safe either. Flushable litter won't break down in a septic tank, and the bacteria in a septic tank usually can't break down cat fecal matter.

Feminine Hygiene Products

Feminine hygiene products are another thing that always needs to be put in the trash, not down the toilet. While some feminine hygiene products advertise having a "flushable" applicator (which is not good to actually flush), the actual products should never be flushed down the toilet of a home with a septic system unless you want to deal with a huge clog in the pipe connected to the septic tank.

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