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23 Apr 2022
Can You Have a Garbage Disposal with a Septic Tank?
Can You Have a Garbage Disposal with a Septic Tank?

Can You Have a Garbage Disposal with a Septic Tank?

If you have a septic system in your property, you’ve probably been curious whether it’s a good idea to install a garbage disposal.

In fact, one of the common questions we get asked at Rooter Septic Services is whether using a garbage disposal is safe for a septic tank.

Using a garbage disposal with a septic tank is okay provided you take precautions that will ensure the garbage disposal does not disrupt proper septic tank functioning.

What Does a Garbage Disposal Do?

A garbage disposal is an appliance that shreds food waste into small pieces so that they can safely pass through the drain lines. This appliance is mounted to the underside of the kitchen sink and connected to the drain. A garbage disposal not only makes clean-up easier, but it also protects your pipes.

Many people treat their garbage disposal as a trash can and eventually end up with septic tank failure. So, you should be careful about what you put into your garbage disposal. Many things, including grease, coffee grounds, eggshells, and paper towels interfere with the bacteria in the septic tank and can get stuck in the drain lines, resulting in clogs.

It's also advisable to use cold water to grind food rather than hot water. Cold water will cause any fats, oils, and grease that end up in the garbage disposal to solidify so that they can be shredded into pieces.

Be Careful About What Goes into Your Garbage Disposal

It is easy to assume that anything is safe to put down the garbage disposal, but there are items that will cause problems for your plumbing system and septic tank.

Here's a list of things that shouldn't be put in a garbage disposal:

  • Bones
  • Coffee grounds
  • Pasta
  • Oatmeal
  • Eggshells
  • Potato peels
  • Fibrous fruits and vegetables
  • Onion skins

These items should go in the trash can rather than the garbage disposal.

You should also avoid grinding paper, metal, plastic, and glass in the garbage disposal as they could damage the appliance.

Do Not Overuse the Garbage Disposal

Using the garbage disposal each day can cause adverse effects on your septic tank. Overusing the garbage disposal means you'll be required to pump out your septic tank more often, and the tank may become more susceptible to failure.

You should get into the habit of disposing of most of the leftover food in the trash can.

Contact Rooter Septic Services for Regular Septic Tank Maintenance

Your septic tank plays an essential role in treating sewage and wastewater before it’s released into the drainfield. Therefore, you should take proactive measures to keep it in good working condition all year round.

One of the routine maintenance tasks you should schedule is septic tank pumping. This routine maintenance procedure ensures there’s no excess waste and water residue in the tank, thereby facilitating the smooth flow of wastewater through the septic system.

If you’re looking for a reputable septic company to help you with septic tank pumping or septic tank repair, contact Rooter Septic Services to help you out.