Installation of a drainage tank (septic tank) in a domestic garden

If you have ever lived or stayed in a rural setting in the US, or parts of the UK, you will have likely used a septic tank. In 2023, these systems will be more sophisticated, and many homes are now choosing to have their septic tanks connected to their garbage disposal in the kitchen. However, while this is logical, it isn’t always straightforward, and issues can occur. 

So, when it comes to troubleshooting issues with your septic tank or your connected garbage disposal, you will probably have a few questions. In this article, 5 FAQs about garbage disposal systems and septic tanks are answered.

Remember, if you need help immediately, call an emergency septic tank specialist!

Can A Waste Disposal Be Fitted With A Septic System?

Yes, you can use garbage disposal for septic systems, but it’s important to use it properly and avoid putting certain types of waste down the drain.


Also, not all kinds of septic tanks are able to support a garbage disposal system. Indeed, most modern septic tank systems can support garbage disposal, but it’s important to choose a disposal unit that is specifically designed for use with a septic system. It’s also important to use the garbage disposal properly and avoid putting certain types of waste down the drain.


What Should I Avoid Putting Down the Garbage Disposal if I Have a Septic Tank?

You should avoid putting non-biodegradable materials, grease, oil, bones, eggshells, coffee grounds, and vegetable peels down the garbage disposal when you have a septic tank fitted.

It is also worth noting that your septic tank will drain from your bathroom too. So, while it isn’t the garbage disposal, you will need to avoid flushing feminine hygiene products and nappies down the toilet, as well as wipes, as these can cause clogs and blockages in the system.


If I Use Garbage Disposal, Will My Septic Tank Need Pumping?

If you use garbage disposal regularly, you should have your septic tank pumped more frequently, typically every 2-3 years.

This may vary based on the model of the septic tank or garbage disposal.  


Can a Clogged Garbage Disposal Cause Problems With My Septic System?

Yes, a clogged garbage disposal can cause backups and clogs in your septic system, leading to potential damage and expensive repairs.

Some indicators of an issue with a septic tank to keep an eye out for include bad smells, poor drainage, a backup of food waste through your pipes and sinks, as well as issues with your yard or garden, such as the sudden appearance of soggy spots.

If you spot signs of clogged garbage disposal in your home, you need to call out a professional promptly to fix it.


Are There Any Types of Garbage Disposals That Are Better For Septic Tank Systems?

There are garbage disposals specifically designed for use with septic tank systems that use a bio-charge injection system to help break down waste and reduce strain on the septic system. It’s recommended to use these types of disposals if you have a septic tank.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s