Septic systems cost on average between $25, 000 to $45,000. They have a life span even with regular pumping of about 30 years. To make sure your system runs as efficiently and long as possible let’s discuss what NOT to put down your drains and into your septic system.

Five Avoidable Concerns

Cat litter.

Yes the box SAYS septic system safe. And if it was only a couple of times, maybe that’s correct. However, cats use the litter box daily and it is a lot of substance for a septic to handle day after day.

Dog waste.

Think of what your dog eats. Rawhide chews don’t dissolve in your dog and they won’t in you septic either.

Coffee grounds.

The hard texture does not break down easily.

Food scraps.

It’s tempting to dispose of your leftovers by stuffing them down your kitchen drain, but by throwing meat scraps in the trash and using a compost heap for coffee grounds, eggshells and other food waste will extend the life of your septic!

Garbage disposals aren’t a great idea for homes with septic systems, it is just too tempting. You want to put things in your septic which will dissolve over time. The composted fertilizer of your scraps will be a benefit to your garden and lawn.


After making some tasty bacon, don’t pour the remaining grease down your drain. Over time the pipes will become coated with it, making it harder for water to flow freely. Grease doesn’t break down the same way that human waste does. And if enough oil and grease is coating your pipes and hoses, there is the concern of a sewage backup. Septic systems cost enough without additional repairs that can be avoided.

Instead of pouring grease or oil down the drain, pour it into a glass jar or empty tin can.Remember to let the grease or oil cool off first. When filled they can be tossed out in the garbage. Also wipe out pans with a paper towel prior to washing in the sink or dishwasher.

Taking care of what goes down your drains and by extension into your septic system will give you piece of mind in the years ahead as toilets flush and water runs.