When it comes to septic systems, what you flush down the toilet can have a big impact on how well the system functions. While many people may not think twice about flushable wipes or the type of toilet paper they use, it can actually make a big difference in terms of the health of your septic system. In this post, we’ll explore some of the ways in which flushable wipes and toilet paper affect your septic system.
The Truth About “Flushable” Wipes
The truth is, not all flushable wipes are actually flushable. Many products labeled as “flushable wipes” may not break down as easily as regular toilet paper and can cause blockages in pipes, pumps, and wastewater treatment systems.
The term “flushable” is not regulated by any specific standards, which means that manufacturers can use the term to describe their products without any strict guidelines. This has led to confusion among consumers, who may assume that any product labeled as “flushable” is safe to flush down the toilet.
However, many wastewater and plumbing experts recommend that consumers avoid flushing any type of wipe, including those labeled as “flushable,” and instead dispose of them in the trash. This is because even wipes that are labeled as “flushable” can take longer to break down than regular toilet paper, leading to blockages and damage to plumbing systems and wastewater treatment facilities.
If you are intent on using these products, we urge you to read the fine print of the product before continuing. You may be surprised to learn the manufacturer suggests one wipe per flush or that they even caution against using them if your plumbing has had any history of clogs or backups. So, while we may love the convenience, it’s important to remember the potential consequences for your septic system.
How Toilet Paper Can Affect Your Septic System
When it comes to septic systems, what you flush down the toilet can have a big impact on how well the system functions. Here are a few ways toilet paper can affect your septic system:
One of the most common ways in which toilet paper affects septic systems is by causing clogs. Some types of toilet paper are not designed to break down quickly in water, which means they can accumulate in the septic tank and clog the pipes. This can lead to backups, slow drains, and even damage to the septic system. To avoid this problem, it’s important to choose toilet paper that is labeled as septic-safe and designed to break down quickly.
Flushing too much toilet paper down the toilet can also overload the septic system and cause it to fill up more quickly than it can handle. This can lead to an overflow of sewage and other materials, which can be hazardous to human health and the environment. To prevent this problem, it’s important to limit the amount of toilet paper that is flushed down the toilet and have your septic tank pumped regularly.
Some types of toilet paper may contain chemicals or additives that can harm the natural bacteria in the septic system. This bacteria is essential for breaking down waste and keeping the system functioning properly. If the bacteria is disrupted or destroyed, it can lead to problems with the septic system. To avoid this problem, it’s important to choose toilet paper that is free of chemicals and additives that can harm the septic system.
How to Maintain & Care for Your Septic System
By choosing toilet paper that is septic-safe, limiting the amount of paper that is flushed, and avoiding chemicals and additives, you can help keep your septic system running smoothly and avoid costly septic repairs. If you do use products such as flushable wipes, you may need to have your septic tank pumped more frequently. If you’re ever uncertain of your system’s health or capacity, or if you encounter any issues whatsoever, do not hesitate to contact us. Remember, a little bit of care and attention can go a long way when it comes to maintaining a healthy septic system.
What to Do if You’re Experiencing Problems With Your Septic System
If you’re experiencing problems with your septic system, it can be a frustrating and dangerous situation. However, it’s important to take action quickly to avoid further damage and costly repairs. First, turn off all water sources in your home to prevent any more wastewater from going down the drain. Then, contact the professionals at JT Septic who can assess the situation and provide septic system service or repair. It’s crucial to resist the urge to try and fix the problem yourself, as this can result in even more damage. By taking swift action and enlisting the help of trusted experts, you can get your septic system back on track and avoid any further unnecessary headaches.
At JT Septic Co., our team of experts are highly trained and certified to provide quality septic services for even the most difficult of septic and sewage problems. Let us handle all your residential or commercial waste management needs so that you can breathe easy and have peace of mind knowing that your septic system is monitored by industry professionals. Get in touch with us today to experience the JT Difference.