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Anyone who has a septic system 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.

  • 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.

What Not to Put in Your Septic System.


  • Do not flush anything that will not break apart in the turbulence of flushing a toilet.
  • Do not allow vinegar to be poured down a drain.
  • Do not use chlorine or bleach products.
  • Do not use anything with Oxy Clean (Aerobic systems are exempt from this rule)
  • Do not use hand sanitizing soaps.
  • Do your best to limit grease and oils from entering the septic tank. (There is no Environmental Protection Agency approved method of removing grease from a leach field once it has settled there).

What is Safe to Allow in Your Septic System.

  • Clorox Green is made of coco-nut oil, specifically formulated for septic systems. (Most products which are labeled as organic, eco friendly or environmentally safe can be introduced into your septic system, keeping in mind, you must count counter balance your septic systems’s bacteria with what is opposite of how your system functions. ) If your septic system is anaerobic, do not introduce products which will promote the presence of oxygen.
  • Borax laundry detergent is a natural mineral that will not harm the bacteria in a septic tank.
  • Soft-Soap should replace any alcohol based, anti-bacterial soaps.
  • Scotts Toilet Tissue breaks apart pretty quickly in the flushing action of a toilet.
  • Promote bacterial growth by aerating the septic system and adding aerobes.
  • Place your laundry drain line on a separate septic system or dry well.


Call to Discuss Septic Tank Issues

Anchor Sewer and Drain Cleaning will consult with you over the phone. If in S.E. Massachusetts or Rhode Island, we will do a site visit and give you a free estimate for converting your septic system from anaerobic to aerobic bacteria.

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