Tips For Using a Garbage Disposal With a Septic Tank
No one wants to deal with messy septic blockages. You probably already know that it’s important to be mindful of what’s flushed down the toilet to make sure there are no unforeseen problems. But how does a garbage disposal affect your septic tank and can you still use it?
The short answer — yes! You can use a garbage disposal regularly and responsibly. Here are some tips to keep your septic system working properly.
Food waste in a septic tank
As you use your garbage disposal, keep in mind that food waste is slower to break down than toilet paper. This means that the more food you put down the kitchen sink, the faster your septic tank will fill up — perhaps requiring a pumping sooner.
Fruits and vegetables are safe for septic systems, but you should also consider starting a composting bin. These bins allow food to slow decompose while providing excellent fertilizer for your garden.
How to use a garbage disposal properly when you have a septic tank
Make sure you follow these guidelines if you plan on using a garbage disposal:
- Avoid materials that do not decompose. For example: paper, plastic, glass, metal, coffee grounds, large seeds and nuts, shells, medications, etc.
- Avoid putting fibrous produce like celery, onions, or corn husks.
- Avoid putting foods that expand when soaked in water like pasta or rice.
- Use dish soap and cold water to wash the blades after use
Advantages of a septic-assist garbage disposal
Septic-friendly garbage disposals are also available. These septic-assist garbage disposals come with a cartridge that releases a liquid that helps break down food and solid waste, reducing stress on pipes and septic tanks. If you think your garbage disposal will be used all the time, this might be a good option to consider.
Garbage disposal installation
As long as you are careful, a garbage disposal and septic tank can work together just fine. Before you go ahead and install one in your kitchen, it doesn’t hurt to talk with a professional plumber.
At Reichelt, we are proud to provide experienced, friendly plumbing services to Northwest Indiana and South Cook County in Illinois. To schedule an appointment, call (219) 322-4906.