Once installed, you hope never to meet your septic system again except for scheduled maintenance routines.
But, remember that bone your dog lost last year?
Well, he found it — and the septic system. And that cat litter you flushed is now becoming an issue in the septic tank.
Pets and septic systems bring their own sets of rules and potential problems.
Pets and Septic Systems
What do pet hair, cat litter, dog shampoo and digging have in common?
None of them mix with septic systems.
But, that doesn’t mean pets and septic systems don’t mix — it just means you have to be aware of the potential problems.
Digging can hurt your septic system and your dog. If they dig too deep, they can easily access your drainfield.
Not only does this disrupt your septic systems ability to process waste successfully, but it also exposes your dog to waste before fully treated. While dogs are renown for handling (and eating) waste, this is a bit too much.
If you are unable to train your dog to stop digging, considering putting up a fence or mesh around your septic system and drainfield to keep your dog away.
Pet Shampoo & Bathing
While good enough and sensitive enough for your pets, it may not be suitable for your septic system.
Chemicals and harsh cleaners have no place in your septic tank. Including some pet shampoos. Look for pet shampoos that are septic-safe and chemical-free. If unavailable, wash your pets outside and away from your septic system.
Like human hair, pet hair can quickly clog up a system, wreaking havoc and causing back-ups. This means using a hair stopper or drain strainer when giving your dog their monthly bath.
It’s easy to see why people started flushing cat waste down the drain.
But, after sitting in cat litter, cat poop petrifies.
Becoming solid, cement-like as it works it’s way through your septic system, the bacteria in your septic tank will be hard-pressed to break down. Additionally, cat waste contains bacteria that your system has not met yet, further disrupting the delicate balance of the required bacteria in your septic tank.
Like flushable wipes, beware of flushable cat litter. Remember, your septic system is designed to handle and process human waste — nothing else.
Pets and septic systems don’t have to be an issue. All it takes is some knowledge and rules, and they get along great. Have questions? Contact Advanced Septic Services of Florida at 352-242-6100.