Laundry wastewater goes through the septic system. Sure, the graywater might be a bit dirty, but the septic tank can handle it. What it might not be able to handle, though, is the detergent. What is the relationship between the septic system and soap?
How does Soap Harm a Septic System?
Some people believe soap residue is a good thing because detergent cleans dirty clothing. Unfortunately, the opposite is often the case. Some detergents contain ingredients that disrupt the septic system’s good bacteria that break down solid waste. This may shorten the tank’s lifespan, leading to the need for more frequent septic system inspections.
Be Aware of Powdered Detergents
Not all laundry detergents are equal. Powdered detergents may actually cause more harm than liquid soaps. The problem lies in the additives, which usually include sodium and composites that don’t completely break down in the water. These leave behind small clumps that settle inside septic pipes. Over time, this can clog the openings, much the same way as sludge and effluent. For the homeowner, this means more frequent pumping intervals. Continue Reading →