Are water softeners bad for
Water softeners have been a topic of contention for years when it comes to their effect on septic systems. Some people are concerned about pH being affected or the salt eroding or etching the tanks. The biggest effect a water softener, iron filter, or other filter has on most septic systems is that they introduce a large volume of water, sometimes up to 150 gallons or more, very quickly into the septic tank. This can cause unwanted mixing in the tank and will reduce the amount of time the contents of the tank are allowed to dwell in the tank for processing, before they’re pushed downstream and out to your drainfield.
One thing to keep in mind is the amount of salt you’re putting into the system. A good portion of the salt used will be consumed by the ion exchange reaction that removes hardness minerals and some metals from your water, but a lot of the salt passes through. This salt can form restrictive layers in your soil, causing the soil to lock up and reduce infiltration rates in the soil. Once the ground has that salt layer, it is permanently affected and at some point it simply may not allow water to pass through, causing problems at the surface. Another big concern with water filtration would be chlorine injection systems. These can dump a large volume of relatively high-strength chlorinated water into your tank, causing problems for the bacterial cultures contained in them. No “good” can come from directing the backwash from water softeners and water filtration equipment into the tank. In many cases it isn’t as bad as it is made out to be, but it is never recommended to drain your system into the septic system.
Is pine sol safe for septic systems?
Any disinfectant is something to worry about when it comes to your septic system. It is interesting to note that we often hear customers saying they feel uneasy, they feel like they’re polluting, if they dump their bleach or disinfectant products onto the soil in the bush — yet somehow they aren’t making the connection that emptying them down your drain is literally putting them into the soil. Given there is no difference in outcome, why risk harming the bacteria in your septic system?
Are bath bombs bad for septic systems?
There are a wide variety of bath bombs available, all with varying ingredients. As always, we recommend “more natural products” when it comes to anything that goes down the drain. If you’re diligent and search out natural products, or even make your own, you should be fine to use bath bombs.
A typical bath bomb would often contain things like baking soda, citric acid, epsom salt, cornstarch, some sort of colouring pigment or dye, almond oil or other essential oils. None of these components, in normal volumes, concentrations, and usage amounts, should have a significant impact on your septic system.
Is drain cleaner safe for septic systems?
Wherever possible, we always recommend using as natural a product as possible. There are enzyme based cleaners that do a good job of clearing clogs. Harsh chemicals may work great on your pipes, but can damage septic tanks as well as the bacteria you need to be thriving in them for proper septic system operation. The best solution to a clogged drain is usually mechanical. Using a snake or an auger to clear blocked lines and accumulations of fat, oil and grease is preferable as that adds nothing harmful to the septic system. It may not be as convenient as dumping a bottle down the drain and hoping it works out, but it is ultimately the safest option for clearing blocked drain lines.
Can you use Flushable wipes with septic systems?
If there is one thing we have to fish out of septic pumps, filters and equipment more than anything, it is “flushable wipes.” These are simply never a good idea to flush down the drain -and yes, this includes those labelled and marketed as “septic safe.” This one is always a no-no.
Is regular CLR safe for septic systems?
The main active ingredients of CLR are lactic acid and gluconic acid. In moderate amounts, used infrequently, these should not have an overall adverse reaction in the septic tank. That said, they can in no way help it. Our best recommendation would be to dump it into the bush where you know it cannot hurt your septic system, and ultimately get returned to nature just as it would be if you flushed it down the drain.