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Can I Flush That? A List of Items You Should and Should Not Flush When You Have a Septic System


It is always important to be aware of what you are flushing down a toilet, so as to not cause a clog. For example, items like diapers and paper towels should never be flushed. However, when you have a septic system, you need to be even more aware. That is because you can kill the bacteria in your tank or introduce something into your system that will take a long time to break down. Both of these things can cause clogs and back-ups to form. If you have a septic system, you will want to learn what items you should or should not flush down the system. Here are a few of those dos and don'ts.

Do Flush Septic Safe Toilet Paper

When you have a septic system, you will want to use septic safe toilet paper. This type of toilet paper is designed to break down more quickly than regular toilet paper, taking up less room in your tank.

Don't Flush Feminine Hygiene Products

Most people know not to flush pads down the toilet, as you can create a clog. But in a regular toilet, you can flush tampons. However, in a septic system, you should not. The tampons do not degrade, which can fill your tank up. Instead, dispose of all feminine hygiene products in a garbage can.

Do Flush Septic-Safe Cleaning Products

When it is time to clean your toilet, you will want to use septic-safe cleaning products. Using products that contain harsh chemicals can kill the good, waste-eating bacteria in your tank. This can cause waste to build up more rapidly, instead of being broken down. As such, ensure your cleaning products are safe for a septic system.

Don't Flush Dead Fish

Lastly, when your child's beloved goldfish dies, you may wish to give them a burial by flushing them down the toilet. But if you have a septic system, you should not. The fish can introduce different bacteria to your tank, possibly harming the good bacteria in there. Discard the fish in the trash to dispose of it.

The Items you flush can directly impact your septic system. Using septic-safe products helps to ensure you are not introducing something to it that can cause harm. However, finding septic-safe products is not always easy. That's where we can help. Wexco, in Minneapolis, Plymouth and Maple Grove, Minnesota, sells a wide selection of septic-safe products, including toilet paper, cleaning products, shampoos, soaps and dishwasher detergents. Visit our website today to see all of the products we have available to you.


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