Household Grease and the Septic System

When you have a septic system, you have a small water treatment plant in your backyard. The system can be fickle and if the wrong items are allowed into the septic tank, it can cause an issue with the breakdown system in the tank and filtering of effluent. Household cleaners, chemicals, paints and even prescription drugs can have an impact on your septic system. However, one common element that causes many septic problems is household grease, a simple yet harmful agent when too much is allowed into your system.

Why Is Household Grease Bad for Septic Systems?

First and foremost, grease is bad for any plumbing, whether you have a septic system or not. Grease and fats from cooking can be the culprits for clogs in the interior plumbing and the sewer lines. However, beyond clogging the pipes, grease also does not breakdown in the septic tank. Too much household grease can cause a layer that covers your drain field. A biomat can form that stops the effluent from the septic tank from filtering down through the soil. If a biomat forms, it can lead to septic failure and the need for a new drain field or septic system.

To prevent damage to your septic system, make the effort to keep all household grease out of your drains. Wipe out pans and plates, and dump grease in the garbage before you rinse or wash them, reducing the amount of fats that enter your septic system.

Talk to your local septic service about what can and cannot go down the drain to prevent septic problems. Also adhere to regular septic maintenance and septic tank pumping through your septic service company.

Posted on behalf of:
Metro Septic LLC
1210 N Tennessee St
Cartersville, GA 30120
(678) 873-7934

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