For homeowners that use a septic tank, it is important that you do not overburden the tank with things that should not go through your home's plumbing. You may not realize it, but it's even possible for certain dishwasher detergents to have a harmful effect if you are not careful. If you want your home's septic tank to last a long time, use these two products.
Septic Tank Friendly Toilet Paper
While you can be diligent about the amount of toilet paper that you use, you cannot monitor the toilet paper usage of others in your home. If you have people in your home that go a little overboard with their toilet paper usage, consider switching to a toilet paper that is designed specifically for septic tanks. It will do a better job at dissolving once it comes in contact with water, which will prevent pipes from becoming overcrowded.
The purpose of using this kind of toilet paper is that it will take up less room in a septic tank. You'll be paying a slight premium for the toilet paper, but it will be worth it in the end. You'll find yourself needing to pump the septic tank less often, which could offset the cost of the septic tank friendly toilet paper. Just remember that switching toilet paper will not eliminate the need for septic tank pumping. It will need to be done eventually.
Liquid Dishwashing Detergent
Dishwashing detergent pods are becoming more popular with homeowners because of how easy they are to use. They have the exact amount of detergent measured for your dishes, and they don't make a mess when putting them in.
Unfortunately, the plastic pods don't dissolve completely, and only turn into crumbs of plastic. A septic tank needs all the waste to be organic in order for it to break it all down. That's why you should avoid using the plastic pods, and stick to liquid dishwashing detergent that will go straight down the drain without any plastic left behind.
Another way to assist your septic tank when using a dishwasher is to make sure that it is using very hot water. The detergent will break down chemically much easier when the water is as hot as it can be. Cold water will cause the detergent to turn into solid chunks that can get caught in the pipes going to your home's septic tank.
When you do run into a problem and your home's septic tank needs pumping or septic tank cleaning, contact a professional in your area that can do it for you.