Many homeowners address this frequently asked question to plumbers. They are wondering whether garbage disposal and septic tank can get along well. Well, the answers might be varied depending on how you treat them.
Your garbage disposal is not a garbage can
Some people keep squawking about the problems they have when they install a garbage disposal with septic system. One of the most perpetual plights is the clogged pipe and disposal. Does it happen due to having garbage disposal and septic tank? Absolutely not.
The clogged pipe and disposal happen because you treat yours the same way as you treat your trash can. You put all the leftovers like chicken bone, broccoli, or even the bottom of a cigarette in your disposal. Sooner or later they will be accumulated and block your disposal.
Once your septic system is full of leftovers, the bacteria that decompose the waste will not do their role well. As a result, the leftovers will overwhelm your septic system and pumping is needed. And, of course, it might burn a hole in your pocket.
Garbage disposal and septic tank maintenances
If you have garbage disposal with septic system, conscientious maintenances should be done in order for both your garbage disposal and septic tank to be in their excellent condition.
- Don’t put coffee grounds, grease, or fat into your garbage disposal
Putting coffee grounds, grease,or fat into your disposal seems convenient and doesn’t seem to be harmful to both your disposal and septic system. They will be diluted and gone easily.
Are you sure about that?
Coffe ground, grease, and fat can’t be diluted. They will be slowly accumulated and hinder the grinding ability of your disposal. Besides, it they can clog the pipes.
- Pump out your tank regularly
If you are installing a garbage disposal and septic tank, you need to get the tank pumped out regularly. Although you don’t overuse your disposal, regular pumping is still needed to keep your tank in its A-1 performance.
- Don’t put starchy leftovers into your disposal
Starchy leftovers such as rice and potatoes can turn into thick paste which will make the blades stick. They can also can cause clogged garbage disposal.
- Use vinegar to get rid off bad odors
Sometimes, a garbage disposal is smelly. To get rid off the smell, some people pour bleach down to the disposal. I don’t recommend it as the bleach can be harmful to the good bacteria that decompose waste.
Use vinegar, instead. White vinegar will help you wipe out the bad odor without harming the bacteria.
- Installing a garbage disposal designed for septic system needs considering
If you plan to install a garbage disposal with septic tank, you’d better install the one that is specially designed for septic system.
Insinkerator Evolution, for instance, has special features for septic system. It has 2 grinding operations and Bio Charge. They enable the tank to break down the waste easier by chopping the leftovers into very fine particles and digest the leftovers before they go to the tank.
So, is it possible to have garbage disposal and septic tank? Sure. Why not? You can have both of them as long as you keep doing the maintenance thoroughly.