Septic systems are highly complex. They handle the tough task of removing household waste materials and containing, diluting, and dispersing these materials appropriately. Septic systems are made from strong materials, and they can last several decades with proper care. However, sometimes, the smallest materials can cause complete septic failure. Here are five surprisingly small materials that can cause septic systems to incur excessive damage:
- Dental Floss. This stringy material can get wrapped around all sorts of things within a septic system. Floss can also hinder valve movement and cause other materials to clog.
- Coffee Grounds. Although semi-biodegradable, coffee grounds should not be put into septic systems. Coffee grounds, as well as egg shells, take longer to break down than many other materials.
- Cat Litter. Cat litter should never be put into your septic system. Many cat litters are advertised as “flushable,” but that doesn’t stop them from being hazardous to the health of your septic system. Just to be safe, we recommend you avoid this practice entirely.
- Cigarette Butts. While this may seem fairly obvious, many property owners are guilty of this habit. They often say “one or two won’t hurt,” but over time, they might be surprised by how many cigarette butts have found their way into their septic system. These non-biodegradable items can lead to valve failures, clogging, and backups.
- Cotton Swabs. Again, cotton swabs are one of those things that should be fairly obvious. They are not bio-degradable, meaning they will remain inside your system until removed.
For more information about maintaining septic systems, reach out to us at Averett Septic Tank Co Inc. We’re always more than happy to provide you with further information.