Septic Safe Dishwashing — Preserving Your Septic System
Even though it has a big (and gross) job, your septic system is actually quite delicate. It is why we always talk about maintenance, “Do Not Flush” rules, and treating your system kindly. So it shouldn’t come as any surprise we have a few septic safe dishwashing tips up our sleeves.
Septic safe dishwashing comes down to water conservation, using your trash over your garbage disposal and using the best soaps for your system. It doesn’t need to be difficult, just septic safe!
Septic Safe Dishwashing Rules
When washing your dishes (both by hand and using a dishwasher), it’s critical to keep a few things in mind. Just because you can’t see your septic system, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be treating it with care.
Use Less Water. Like other areas of your house, water conservation is critical! Washing dirty dishes pushes lots of water into your septic tank — and quickly. Combine this with taking showers and running the washing machine around the same time, and you could find yourself with an overloaded system.
Stay On Top of Your Septic Pump-Outs. If you’re using your dishwasher and garbage disposal frequently, you may notice you’ll need to schedule your pump-out a little earlier than normal. When making your septic tank process the scraps and excess water, it’s important to stay on top of your maintenance schedule.
Stop With the Chemicals. While bleach and antibacterials keep your kitchen counters clean — they’re destroying your septic tank. Start looking for septic safe dishwashing soaps as replacements!
Septic Safe Dishwashing Soap
Your septic system has a delicate balance of bacteria that handles the breakdown of waste and wastewater, helping treat the wastewater before it’s pushed into the drain field. Without these essential bacterias, your septic tank would be unable to operate properly.
While your household chemicals and cleaners may be getting your dishes and counters clean, they may also be destroying the bacteria in your septic system.