Anyone who has a Septic problems has heard more than once what not to flush. We have been instructed on what we should use for laundry detergent and household cleaning needs, as well. However, we shop and examine packaging, searching for the words “flushable” or “septic system safe”. The packaging says it. It must be true. Let me put things in perspective for you…. “Septic safe” is relative to what is normal.
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- It is normal to replace your septic system on a national average of 20 years.
- It is normal for “anaerobic” septic systems to fail. Therefore, if your goal is to meet, and not exceed a 20 year life span for your septic system, go ahead. Flush disposable wipes and other substances that do not belong in the septic system.
Flush-able? Take a second look at that first word in this paragraph. It is “able” to be flushed through the trap of a toilet. “Abel” is relative to what you want to accomplish. If you flush wipes and other “bio-degradable” materials that do not break down quickly, your septic tank will fill up with these solids. These materials may even make their way to the distribution box. This will kill a drain field. Septic system safe? Depends on how often you dispose of it and how often your tank is pumped. Your septic system is capable of lasting the life of the house. You just have to know how to get it there. That would be with proper care and aerobic bacterial generation.
The photo above was taken after a 13 year old septic tank was pumped down and a period of one week’s time had elapsed. At the taking of this photo, the center cover to the septic tank was unearthed for the first time since it was placed on the tank, 13 years earlier. The septic system was not able to be properly maintained according to traditional anaerobic septic system needs because the tank had only been pumped out via the outlet side of the tank. The center of the tank is where a pumping company will have the best reach to the tank. However, entire tank had never been completely accessible and was not accessible during pumping. This means, solids have been forming a scum and sludge layer, taking up space in the tank and overwhelming the anaerobic septic systems (poor) ability to break down solids, even more so than it would if the tank had been pumped on a regular basis.
What you see in the photo above is a solid scum layer about 4″-5″ thick. The black discoloration of the scum is characteristic of a septic tank that is overtaken by bio-mat.