Reducing The Toilet Paper Waste In Your Septic Tank

If you have a dedicated septic system that stores all of the solid wastes created in your home, then you may understand that the waste must be removed before it completely encompasses the septic tank. Septic tanks need to be emptied every few years. If you need to schedule a cleaning more often than you should, then there is a chance that the tank is too small for your home or that wastes are too plentiful for the tank. In these situations, consider the following tips to reduce your scheduled cleanings.

Buy Single-Ply Toilet Paper

When you use toilet paper and flush it down the toilet, the paper mixes with the other wastes and starts to break down. In many cases, the paper breaks down completely into a type of cellulose mush. The cellulose is then subjected to the same bacteria colonies that feed on the other wastes in the tank. This further breaks down the paper so it only takes up a small fraction of the space in the septic tank.

Unfortunately, certain types of toilet paper are made with more paper than others. Two-ply varieties as well as quilted or extra soft types are much thicker. These types of toilet paper take much longer to break down and will take up more space once they do start to decompose. 

If you want to conserve space and aid your septic tank in decomposing waste in a timely manner, purchase single ply toilet paper. This paper can rip apart easily, and it often starts to break down as soon as the water from the toilet mixes with the paper. 

You also should stay away from any types of thick personal hygiene products like sanitary wipes. Even though the wipes are flushable, this simply means they will not clog your toilet. They will, however, remain in the septic tank and resist decomposition.

Do Not Throw Tissue In The Toilet

In some countries, it is customary to throw your toilet paper in a waste bin next to the toilet instead of flushing with the rest of your wastes. This in turn reduces the wastes substantially in the septic tank, and you do not have to worry about clogs. If you decide to go this route, then place a small trash can near the toilet with a tight closing lid. Consider buying a can with an opening mechanism that can be activated with your foot. Make sure to empty the can every day and to place a new liner in the can when you do.

If this does not seem like the best option for you, then you can invest in completely biodegradable toilet paper. This paper is often used for RVs and breaks down completely without any leftover waste at all. For more information, contact a company like B & B Drain Tech Inc.

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Having a house that only has two bathrooms and three teenage girls reached a point where I thought I was going to lose my mind. In all seriousness, I thought I was going to go crazy listening to the girls battle over whose turn it was to shower or who used whose makeup. After several months of dealing with the insanity every single day, I finally talked my husband into hiring a plumber to run the plumbing we needed to install a third bathroom. Adding a bathroom was a lot of work, but it was worth it. Our blog will help you understand what goes into adding a bathroom to your home.