List of Do’s and Don’t s

The Following SHOULD NOT be used or Disposed of into the Septic System

  • Greases, Fats, and Oils
  • Pesticides, Herbicides, or any other toxins
  • Garbage disposals should be used sparingly. Dispose of food waste, grease, etc., in the solid waste bin.
  • Food waste represents additional loading the aerobic treatment plant would have to digest, decreasing pump out intervals or increasing pump out events.
  • Paints, households chemicals – automobile fluids – do not discard mop water into the system.
  • Non – biodegradable items such as cigarette butts, disposable diapers, feminine hygiene products, condom, hair, coffee grounds, paper towels, toilet paper, bandaged, etc.
  • Strong disinfectants or bleaches, cleaning products such as: Lysol, Pine – Sol, Tidy Bowl, Drano, Drain Cleaners, Dish Soaps, Wash Soap/Liquids.
  • Wash loads must be spread out over the week. Once a week multiple loads or half loads are nor recommended.
  • Citrus products, oranges, lemons, grapefruit, etc.
  • Additives for septic systems – they do more harm than good.
  • Hydraulic overload due to excessive water from other sources.
  • Home brewery waste.
  • Strong medicines, antibiotics, Anti-bacterial soaps should be avoided.
  • Discharge from water softeners
  • etc.

The Following ARE Recommended for the Treatment Plant

  • Recommended detergents are liquid, low-sudsing, low phosphates and biodegradable.
  • Fabric softener dryer sheets
  • Dish soap, Soap/Liquids for washing Septic Safe
  • Non- toxic, non- chlorine, biodegradable, cleaning products.
  • etc.

Please take time to research what products can harm or help the life expectancy of your Septic System.