The garbage disposal in your kitchen sink grinds up everything that could be harmful to your septic system before it goes down the drain, right? Unfortunately, this isn’t necessarily true. Although your garbage disposal does take chunks of food and turns them into smaller pieces, even these smaller particles of food can clog up your septic tank and drain field over time.
Maintenance Tips for Septic Systems
Even if other people with septic systems have told you that it’s perfectly fine to let anything from your garbage disposal go down into your system, don’t fall into this trap. Instead, when you’re doing dishes, try to throw any trash directly into your waste receptacle.
If you find, however, that bits and pieces of trash have gotten into your garbage disposal over time, don’t worry. To clear out your garbage disposal, use baking soda, vinegar, and lemon juice to make a cleaning solution that won’t harm the bacteria in your septic system that are needed for it work correctly. You may also want to talk to our owner, Sam, about having a filter installed to keep larger pieces of debris out of your septic system.
Regular Pumping is a Must
Regardless of whether you have a garbage disposal, keep in mind that all septic systems need to be pumped out on a regular basis. At Brandon Septic, we’re currently offering a special deal on septic system pumping. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to give us a call.