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When we work on septic systems, we get a lot of questions about garbage disposals. After all, they are convenient and easy to use, but no one wants to accidentally harm their plumbing.

If you have a septic system, here’s what you need to know about using a garbage disposal with your system. 

garbage disposals and your septic system

Can I Have a Garbage Disposal with My Septic Tank?

The short answer is that yes, you can. However, you need to make sure you understand how to use the garbage disposal so that you don’t hurt your septic system. You may also need to change how you maintain your system.

Some people choose to find an alternate way to dispose of their trash when they are on a septic system.

What are the Potential Complications of Having a Garbage Disposal and a Septic Tank?

No matter how effective your garbage disposal is, the end result of using a garbage disposal with a septic system is that you have more solid waste in your tank. This can simply mean that you need to pump the tank more often if you choose to use a garbage disposal. However, this solid waste can cause other problems in your system, like clogs or killing off the helpful bacteria that break down the waste.

Are Some Garbage Disposals Better for Septic Systems?

If you can, choose a garbage disposal with injection technology. These add microorganisms into the ground up waste to help your system. Otherwise, choose one with advanced grinding technology and a high RPM. This makes food particles as small as possible before they enter your system.

Are There Solid Waste Disposal Alternatives to a Garbage Disposal?

You can throw your solid waste away. This might take a little more time and you might have to treat some of your trash differently than you currently do, but the end effect is the same.

You can also choose to compost a lot of your solid waste. Even if you aren’t a gardener, you can give the compost away or use it on trees and bushes that you already own. It’s a great way to reuse many of your food scraps and avoids putting them down the drain.


Septic System Experts

If you have other questions about garbage disposals and septic tanks, don’t hesitate to call us at Wilson Services. We’ll get you the answers you need ASAP.