When it comes to your septic tank, you need always to be careful of what is going in your toilet and that it remains healthy. Are you aware of the ticking time bomb that could be lurking in your septic tank?

Many people use disposable wipes and believe that they are safe for your tank. However, with nothing to help break them down, these wipes build up over time and eventually explode. For example, the tank is packed so tight and full with a thick layer of wipes that a person could walk across it. Does that sound healthy for your septic tank?

Disposable Wipes are the Time Bomb in your Septic System

Today we have disposable wipes for just about anything you can imagine—baby wipes, disinfecting wipes, personal wipes, wipes for automobiles and even pet wipes. It can be very easy to flush these wipes down the toilet without thinking about it.

The disposable wipe v. septic tank issue has been gaining more notice lately, and even some homeowners have filed lawsuits against disposable wipe manufacturers for thousands of dollars in repairs or even total replacement of entire septic systems. However,  the issue goes beyond homeowners to municipalities who’ve paid millions of dollars to fix equipment. Some in the media have termed this as “fatberg.”

What does this mean for a Homeowner?

If you use wipes, dispose of them in the trash can. Many people forget that a toilet is not a trash can. The septic system is great for breaking down human waste, but not wipes that are meant for multipurpose. These wipes plug drain pipes, septic tanks and can cause field line failure. Another issue caused by flushing disposable wipes is the antibacterial agents in the wipes. These antibacterial agents kill the good bacteria that is needed in your septic tank to break down the human waste.

This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t use disposable wipes. They are very useful, but their use is only convenient when they are thrown away in the trash. It should also be noted that toilet paper is different than wipes and that is okay to flush.

A regular maintenance plan and proper care of your septic system will make it effective for many years.

Proper Care means taking care of your septic system. Items that should NEVER go into a toilet:

  • Clean wipes/baby wipes
  • Paper towels
  • Toys
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Trash