There are a few hard and fast rules about what not to put in your wastewater system which ensure it stays healthy for many years. Whether it’s a septic tank or a more complex wastewater system, some things are definitely better disposed of in the rubbish bin than down the sink or toilet.
The balance of naturally occurring bacteria in your wastewater system is crucial to the system working effectively to treat the water from your home before it is safely distributed back into the surrounding land. A bit of monitoring of the products you use in your home is required to maintain this balance. Many substances can disrupt this delicate equilibrium of bacteria, reducing the efficiency of your system, resulting in bad odors, clogs, and sometimes leading to treatment failure.
If you have a home wastewater treatment system disposing of these products by flushing or washing them down the drain could leave you with a stinky mess. Definitely do not put these items/substances into your septic tank or wastewater system.
If you’re guilty of using your wastewater treatment system as a ‘everything goes’ rubbish bin we recommend a maintenance check by a wastewater professional to ensure your system is healthy and functioning effectively.