A question for people looking to build a new house or renovate their kitchen is are garbage disposals OK with septic systems? The answer is yes, they are ok with septic tanks but the right garbage disposal and in moderation. In this article, we will show you why garbage disposals must be used in moderation and some excellent ways to reduce the waste you put in your septic tank.
A septic tank processes the liquid waste and solid waste from a household or business. The job of the septic tank is to separate out the solids, liquid and scum (including grease) into layers. This allows the liquid to flow out into the drain field and the bacteria in the septic tank to try to break down the solids. As the solid material in a septic system increases or there is too much organic matter in the tank, the tank's bacteria can't break it down fast enough. Unless you have a septic tank additive treatment that will break down the solid matter faster, this will lead to more frequent pumping of the septic tank system. Having your septic tank pumped more often can be a costly exercise.
As we said above, to use a garbage disposal is not a bad thing, it just needs to be in a way that reduces the organic matter going into your septic tank. Here are few things you should never put down a garbage disposal that is connected to a septic system:
The only septic-safe garbage disposal we have found is the InSinkErator Evolution Septic Assist 3/4 HP Household Garbage Disposal. The septic assist garbage disposal includes an automatic injection of microorganisms that helps break down food waste. Another big benefit of the septic assist garbage disposal is the powerful 2-stage multi grind motor and blade that helps to grind food scraps and food waste into smaller particles. The Insinkerator evolution septic assist is made by the garbage disposal manufacturer who invented garbage disposals. Most garbage disposals don't grind up food waste because the disposal's grinding ability is limited. This means larger pieces of food waste in your septic tank and more solids.
Instead of grinding food waste, a popular alternative is to compost any food waste and turn it into compost for your pottered plants or vegetable garden. When most people think of a compost pile they think of a pit that smells, takes months before food breaks down and looks bad in the yard. A compost pile is a perfect place for coffee grounds, food scraps
Today there are tumbling composters that create healthy compost with no fuss, no smells and take up virtually no area in your yard. Here are two of the best composting equipment at a fraction of the cost of a garbage disposal:
Many households buy garbage disposal machines for their kitchen sink. You are by law allowed to have a garbage disposal unit. Even if you already use a garbage disposal, you can take some food scraps and put the food scraps in the compost or trash can to reduce the solid organic matter going into your septic system.
The only way to reduce food waste going into the septic system via a waste disposal is to take all food scraps and either put them in the trash can or better, use a composter like the VIVOSUN tumbling composter to break down the food particles into useful compost for the garden or potted plants.
Yes, you can. An InSinkErator is not a special garbage disposal, it is the name of one of the garbage disposal manufacturers.
No dishwashers are not bad for septic tanks, infact they use less water than washing dishes. Make sure the dishwasher is not on a very hot setting as this may kill some bacteria in your septic tanks if it is very hot and will not keep your septic system healthy.
Anything you put down your kitchen sink will go into the septic systems. Waste disposal is located in the kitchen and used to dispose of food waste that goes into the septic system.
A garbage disposal can be bad for septic systems if you overuse them putting too much down your waste disposal. Also if you grind fibrous materials or use the disposal regularly. If used correctly then using a garbage disposal with a septic system can be managed, especially if used in combination with a septic tank additive treatment.