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Septic Tank Your septic tank is a rather expensive and sensitive piece of equipment, and it is important to take good care of it. Unfortunately, there are things that are often introduced into septic tanks that are not good for the system.  Just because something will flush down the toilet or will go down the sink does not mean that it should.

These 9 items can lead to clogs in your septic tank as well as in other parts of your septic system such as the pipes or drain field:

  1. Feminine hygiene products
  2. Condoms
  3. Paper towels
  4. Kleenex
  5. Dental floss
  6. Cotton swabs
  7. Wet wipes
  8. Cat litter
  9. Coffee grounds

These last 5 items can kill the bacteria in your septic tank that is necessary for breaking down the waste:

  1. Antibacterial soap
  2. Oil
  3. Paint
  4. Woodworking stain
  5. Chemicals

It is also important to keep in mind that even just rinsing out a paintbrush that has paint or woodworking stain on it is enough to be hazardous to the health of your system.

Though these are some of the more common household items that be introduced into septic tanks, it is not an all-inclusive list; if you worry that something could cause a problem, it’s best to find an alternate means of disposal.  For additional information, feel free to contact us at Clark Septic.