If you feel that an additive for your septic tank is needed, be aware that some may do great harm. Additives that advertise to “eliminate” tank cleaning may cause the sludge layer to fluff up and be washed out into the drain-field, plugging the soil pores. Some additives, particularly degreasers, may contain carcinogens (cancer-causing) or suspected carcinogens that will flow into the groundwater along with the water from the soil treatment unit.

Is there a list of items that can overtax or destroy the biological digestions taking place within the septic system that may cause harm to my system or that may clog the pipes?

Take care NOT TO FLUSH the following items:


  • Baby Wipes
  • Disposable Diapers
  • Sanitary Products
  • Kitty Litter
  • Paper Towels
  • Tobacco Products

Take care NEVER TO FLUSH the following items:

    • Grease / Fats
    • Paint Products
    • Antifreeze
    • Bio Hazard Products
    • Pesticides