Garbage Disposer Use Cause Septic Problems
With Thanksgiving right around the corner and multiple holidays following close behind it’s a good time to think about Garbage Disposals and the effect they have on Septic Tanks. Let’s face it, using a garbage disposal is convenient especially when you have extra food waste when entertaining over the holiday season. However, adding mulched up food particles into the Septic Tank can create unnecessary problems with the treatment process going on inside of the tank. Ham Lake, MN area Experienced Septic Contractors like CSI Custom Septic, Inc. can tell you that the convenience can come at a cost. Putting food scraps down the sink food disposer may lead to Extra Pumping Costs or Expensive Repairs in the future.
What Happens to Food Waste in Septic Tank?
Septic Tank Systems are designed to break down organic human waste in a natural process that relies on bacteria. Excess food waste ends up inside of the septic tank when you use an In-sink Garbage Grinder. Food matter along with cooking grease and fat that are too light to sink to the bottom of the tank will float on top, adding to the Scum Layer. Water waste can drain out of the tank but solid materials have to be removed by a Sewage Pumper.
Drain Field Clogging Food Matter
Excessive use of a garbage disposal can result in having to pump out septic tank solids more often. Failure to remove the added materials can cause the Septic System to Malfunction. Your septic tank may not be able to keep up with the volume of additional water and Food Matter. Solids and sludge can jam up the outlet pipe or Clog the Drain Field. Replacing a drainfield can be much more costly than having a pumper truck come out more frequently.
Tips for Homes With Garbage Disposal & Septic Tank
- Use garbage disposal sparingly
- Run cold water when you grind up food
- Pour a little dish soap down the sink with cold water
- Install a larger septic tank to handle the additional water waste
- Install a screen to block food matter from getting into septic tank
- Have the septic tank pumped out more often to remove excess solids
- Start a compost pile for food scraps instead of using a garbage disposer
Experienced Septic System Contractor
Custom Septic Inc. (CSI) has experience with repairing the damage caused by overuse of a Garbage Disposal. It is not recommended that you use a food grinder but if you do you, please follow the tips from an Experienced Septic System Contractor. Food matter can clog up and damage a drainfield. Its best to put food scraps in a compost bin or garbage can instead of risking the performance of your Ham Lake septic tank system.