Negative Effects Certain Household Items Can Have On Your Plumbing System And Septic System

Using the plumbing system in your home properly is not only important for keeping your pipes clean and free of clogs, but it is also important for the safety and condition of your septic system. Normal household products and materials you use can have negative and harmful effects on both of these systems, and you may be able to prevent problems from occurring by learning more about how these products can harm your plumbing and septic system at your home.


The first thing you should avoid is pouring any amount of grease down your drains, even if it is just a little bit. Grease does not dissolve with water, and it typically becomes a solid material when it cools. Grease will not only accumulate in your plumbing pipes and cause clogs to form, but it can also damage your septic tank. Grease can get into the components of your septic, including the baffle. If this happens, it can cause clogs with in your septic system and may prevent the system from being able to properly drain water from the tank. Grease does not mix well with plumbing systems or septic systems.

Chlorine Bleach

If you use bleach in your laundry, it probably will not cause any harm; however, pouring straight bleach down your drains could cause some damage to your plumbing and septic system. When you use bleach in your laundry, it is diluted with the water added to the machine, and this is typically fine for a septic. When you pour straight bleach into your drains, it could corrode the pipes and kill the good bacteria inside your septic system.

One key aspect of a septic system involves the way the bacteria in the tank helps the system process solids and waste. The bacteria are designed to assist with reducing the solids that build up. Without this good bacteria, the system can malfunction faster.

Antibacterial Soaps

Chlorine bleach is not the only substance that can kill the good bacteria in your septic. Antibacterial soaps are also capable of this; however, it takes using a lot of soap to have this effect. This can include hand soaps, dish soaps, and body wash products if they are equipped with antibacterial qualities.

The purpose of these soaps is to kill bacteria found on your hands, body, dishes, and other items you may wash. The problem is that when the soap goes down your drain, it ends up in your septic system and can potentially harm the good bacteria in the system. Because of this, you may want to limit the amount of antibacterial soaps you use in your home.

Drain Cleaner

If, for some reason, a drain in your home gets clogged, you may be instantly tempted to pour drain cleaner down it. This often seems like the easiest and most cost-effective method for clearing a clogged drain; however, using drain cleaning products may not be a safe way to achieve this.

Just one teaspoon of drain cleaner can kill enough good bacteria in your septic to cause the system to act up. Drain cleaner typically contains sulphuric acid or sodium hydroxide. Not only are these chemicals toxic for your septic, but they can also damage your plumbing pipes. In addition, they are not safe products to have in your home if you have children.

If you encounter a clogged drain or any other type of problem with the plumbing in your home, a plumber that specializes in drain cleaning services can help you fix the problem. To avoid further problems, use caution with the things you place down your drains. 

For more information, contact a company like Gold Seal Plumbing.