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Don’t Dump It! These 4 Items Can Cause Septic Plumbing Backups October 11, 2016

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Don’t Dump It! These 4 Items Can Cause Septic Plumbing Backups, Gig Harbor Peninsula, Washington

Did you know that one of the greatest causes of sewage issues is the amount of trash that gets dumped down the drain? Hemley’s Septic Tank Cleaning of Gig Harbor, WA, has been providing exceptional sewage pump repairs and septic inspections to clients across Pierce, Kitsap, and Mason counties for over 50 years. As septic plumbing experts, these contractors explain what items shouldn’t be poured in the drain or flushed down the toilet to help you prevent future septic tank issues.


  • septic plumbingFats From Meat: While fat is good for adding extra flavor to meats, it doesn’t do your sink drain any favors. It might seem like it washes down easily, but once it solidifies in your pipes, it gets stuck and causes clogs.
  • Food Scraps: Any septic tank pumping expert will tell you that your system wasn’t designed to handle bits of food. No matter how small it’s cut or however little may be left on the plate, don’t dump it down the sink drain. When these food scraps encounter the sharp turns and curves of the pipes, they eventually get stuck and block the system.


  • septic plumbingFacial Tissues: While this product may seem similar to toilet paper, it’s not. Tissues are created to withstand a large amount of moisture while toilet paper is made to quickly disintegrate in water. Septic plumbing experts highly recommend tossing tissues in the trash rather than flushing them down the toilet, where they can build up and block the pipes.
  • Hair & Floss: It may seem like a small amount each time you flush hair or floss down the toilet, but these stringy strands add up to one big clog further down in the pipes. These items tend to wrap around other objects and can easily become lodged or knotted up in your septic plumbing system.

If you notice septic plumbing problems in your home, it might be because of what you’re putting down the drain or toilet. When you need septic troubleshooting and repair, contact Hemley’s Septic Tank Cleaning for expert and efficient help. Call (800) 699-7854 today to schedule an appointment or visit the website for additional information.

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