Many people use their garbage disposal like a trash can, placing large food items and grease down the drain. Prichard Septic Services wants you to know that anything that goes down the drain, even broken-down food particles, can be a hazard to your septic system.
Whatever goes down the drain ends up in your septic tank. While some of the matter is broken down by the bacteria, particles can accumulate over time. When a homeowner uses a garbage disposal a lot, it is often evident when a tank needs to be pumped out.
Piles of food not broken down within the tank can collect under the inlet pipe. This can cause build up over time, overthrowing your septic system’s bacterial balance and making it less efficient in treating your home’s wastewater.
In order to keep your septic system running smoothly, it’s best to use your garbage disposal at a minimum. Although little pieces of food that get washed off your plate are fine to go down the drain, larger amounts of leftovers and other items should be scraped off into the trash can, including oils, egg shells, and fruit peels.
Understanding the impact your garbage disposal has on the efficiency of your home's septic system is important to avoid larger, costlier problems in the future. The professionals at Prichard Septic Services in Grayson, KY, know how worrisome septic issues can be. Their skilled team specializes in septic tank installation, maintenance, and repair. Visit them online for more information. Call them today at (606) 475-1491 for emergency septic service or to schedule your free estimate.