Skip the Kitchen Sink Garbage Disposal (often called a Garburator) & Scrape the Plates! Excess organics are an absolute no-no for septic systems. Ground up vegetables and other organics are difficult for bacteria to breakdown. This excess will overburden the system, cause frequent pump-outs, odours, blockages and system failure. So scrape the plates (ideally into a compost bin) and save your septic. Would you like a monthly septic maintenance reminder delivered to your inbox? Sign up at SepticMinder.ca and we will send you a monthly reminder and handy septic care tip.
Chemical Drain Openers should never be used. Many chemical drain openers are made of highly caustic chemicals, (sodium hydroxide) which “burn” a hole through the blockage, these products can physically damage plumbing and have a very negative effect on the vital biological treatment going on within the septic tank. Bacteriological drain cleaners, such as EcoEthic Septic & Drain Treatment, are both effective at cleaning the drain and beneficial to your septic system. Use a natural choice whenever possible.
MullToa Works with Nature MullToa utilize natural composting processes married advanced Swedish technology accelerating and optimizing biological decomposition, evaporating excess liquid and exhausting odours all within an elegant bathroom fixture that is easy to use and economical to operate. The closed-system Mulltoa's are fully automatic electric toilets that anticipate your every move! Sitting on the toilet seat opens the trap doors; closing the toilet seat lid activates the stainless steel mixing mechanism that efficiently breaks down paper and distributes moisture into the compost material in the upper chamber. Material in the upper chamber is finished in the lower chamber and...
Avoid Hydraulic Overload!! Simply put, avoid too much water use in a short period of time. If your septic system is “older” and thus smaller, water use and conservation becomes even more important. Spread water use out over the day, particularly laundry and bathtub use, install low flush toilets, low flow shower heads. If you have teenagers install a really small hot water tank.
Toilet Paper Only Please! Do Not flush feminine hygiene products or wipes of any sort - no matter what the package says. Wet wipes, baby or adult, paper towel, diapers or other products should never go down the drain. They are likely to cause blockages at the tank inlet or outlet and potentially cause septic tank overflow - yuck that’s a bad day!