Restaurants and Septic Systems

Aug 23, 2023

Restaurants and Septic Systems

Owning a restaurant comes with a lot of responsibilities, ranging from hiring the right staff to maintaining a higher standard of food quality and proper waste management. If your restaurant relies on a septic system for waste management, there are many easy actions you’ll need to put into practice to keep wastewater issues at bay.

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Apart from ensuring your restaurant’s septic system is properly installed, you’ll also need to schedule routine inspections and maintenance for your septic system. Most importantly, work with a professional septic company for all of your septic system needs.

Let’s look at what you can do to keep your restaurant’s septic system in tip-top shape and things to avoid.

What To Do and What Not to Do with Your Restaurant’s Septic System

What to Do

Schedule regular septic tank pumping: When sludge, floating solids, and liquid waste build up in the tank, they can clog the inlet and outlet pipes, causing sewage to back up into your restaurant. It’s important to have your septic tank pumped on a regular basis to prevent malfunctions.

  • Get your grease trap cleaned on a regular basis: Get the grease trap cleaned at least every three months, depending on usage, to avoid hard fat, oil, and grease crusts accumulating within the pipes and septic tank. Consider installing a grease skimmer, which is designed specifically to capture fats, oils, and grease (FOG) from wastewater before it enters your septic system.
  • Proper disposal: Educate your staff on what can and cannot be disposed of in the restaurant's sinks and toilets. Solid food scraps, oils, and grease should never go down the drain.
  • Protect the leach field: Divert gutters, downspouts, and other surface water away from the leach field. This is to avoid increasing the volume of water entering the leach field.
  • Use water efficiently: Too much water can be detrimental to your septic system. Apart from saturating the leach field, too much water entering your septic system can cause hydraulic overload.


  • Don’t flush inappropriate items: Avoid flushing anything other than toilet paper. Items like napkins, paper towels, and sanitary products can clog the system.
  • Don't ignore signs of trouble: If you notice slow drains, foul odors, or wet spots in your yard, don't ignore them. These could be signs of septic system problems that need immediate attention.
  • No DIY septic repairs: Unless you’re a skilled and experienced septic technician, never attempt to repair your septic system yourself. There are many things that can go wrong with a DIY approach. It’s best to leave septic tank repair, septic tank installation, and septic tank pumping to a professional septic company.
  • Avoid using chemical drain cleaners: Don’t let the convenience of chemical drain cleaners fool you. While they can clear minor drain clogs, they can harm your septic system in the long run. Avoid using strong, chemical drain cleaners as they can harm the beneficial bacteria in the septic tank.

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