Trash like diapers and tampons clearly don’t belong in the septic system. However, some homeowners don’t understand that small items can damage the septic system as well. These items seem benign but can wreak havoc on the system.
1. Dental Floss
People tend to toss dental floss down the drain or toilet. After all, it’s just a feather-light piece of string. In reality, dental floss is made from tough nylon and Teflon, neither of which are biodegradable. These materials take an estimated 50 to 80 years to completely decompose. Putting floss into the system unnecessarily increases pumping frequency.
2. Coffee Grounds
Coffee grounds are biodegradable but take time for full breakdown to occur. This is especially the case for non-organic coffee, because it contains chemicals. You can, however, use grounds for compost. They also make great mulch due to their neutral pH balance. Continue Reading →