Will Cause Clogs
Any food or item that is fibrous, starchy, or stringy can cause major clogging issues in your drain and pipes that lead to your septic system. This also includes any food that has a rind or peel. The following products (and similar items) grace the Do Not Flush Rules as they cause clogs and wreck havoc on your pipes.
- Fibrous or starchy foods
- Onion Skins
- Corn husks
- Coffee Grounds
These foods can cause problems when they get wrapped around your garbage disposal. Or, they can become a tangled mass further down your septic system.
Also, starchy foods have a tendency to decompose in a congealed mass. It’s like cooking potatoes for too long and they turn into a thick mushy paste. This paste, if caught in your septic pipes, can cause a major hold up.
Grease, Oils, and Fats
These culprits will coat your pipe in slime and create a type of sludge. If this builds up over time, it could constrict your pipes and block the passage, preventing anything from getting through.
Such food stuffs are comprised of (or can break into) tiny pieces. They build up or expand in your pipes, sometimes immediately causing blockage.
Bathroom and Hygiene Products
Most of these items may fool you into thinking they are made of organic or compostable materials. Therefore, it’s easy to see why so many people think that they are safe to flush, but they aren’t. It’s true that they will decompose eventually, but not as quick as toilet paper will.
The items listed above are also responsible for you guessed it — causing clogs in your septic pipes. It’s also possible for them to sit and amass in the sewer system. London recently released a campaign asking residents to stop sending diapers, towelettes, and other fat products into the sewer. They cause masses that are affectionately called “fatbergs.”