3 Ways to Avoid a Septic System Backup

Jun 10, 2022

3 Ways to Avoid a Septic System Backup

Septic Blue of Charlotte has been in the septic business for many years, and it is safe to say we have seen it all. We have an experienced and well-equipped team of experts that provides quality septic service and maintenance, alleviating potential failures and emergencies. As a property or homeowner, the last thing you want is sewer backup, compromising the quality of your indoor and outdoor space. That's why it is vital to schedule routine maintenance checks with a reputable and reliable septic company to detect and address these issues before they get out of hand.

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At Septic Blue of Charlotte, we leverage cutting edge tools and equipment to enhance the quality of septic service and help you maintain an efficient and effective septic system. While DIY solutions seem cost-effective, you risk rookie mistakes that can lead to expensive repairs and replacements without the proper training and expertise. Back up from your drains or the toilet is a sign there's a problem that requires quick action, or else you'll be dealing with a flood in your home. Here are three ways our experts recommend to avoid septic backup and the subsequent water damage.

Never Flush a "Flushable" Wipe

Manufacturers often label their products "flushable" or "not flushable" to help homeowners steer clear of septic problems that prompt tank pumping and repairs. However, not all products meant for the septic tank are good for it, especially baby wipes, paper towels, makeup removal wipes, tissues, feminine products, and other products that aren't marked "septic safe." It is advisable to consult a septic service company to find out what is safe for your septic system and what's not since labels are not reliable. If you are unsure if a particular product is safe to flush down the toilet, you are better off disposing of it elsewhere.

Avoid Rinsing Grease Down the Drain

A garbage disposal unit plays a crucial role in maintaining a clean kitchen and helps eliminate food waste when washing the dishes. However, throwing everything in your kitchen disposal puts your septic system at risk of oil and grease buildup from food waste. This affects the balance of healthy bacteria in your septic tank responsible for breaking down waste, resulting in a deterioration in the effectiveness and performance of your system. It is advisable to clear your greasy pans and plates of all greasy food waste before rinsing.

Say No to Garbage Disposals

If your home is not connected to a municipal sewer line, you rely on your septic tank for your waste management needs. That said, the garbage disposal unit is your septic system's worst enemy, as it allows huge chunks of debris and food into your septic system. Whether your home has a garbage disposal unit installed or not, it is advisable to invest in garbage bags to dispose of waste that would find its way to your septic tank.

Contact us at Septic Blue of Charlotte and schedule a septic system maintenance check with our team of professionals. This is a less expensive solution to replacing an entire unit and helps you steer clear of backups.