Can Laundry Washing Screw Up Your Septic System?

Despite being designed to handle practically all types of waste matter, the septic tank can be quite delicate.  This means that it is relatively easy to upset its balance and get it out of sync.  Did you know that even the simplest tasks like doing laundry can have a negative impact on your home septic system?  Surprising isn’t it?  This is why it is very important to be cautious and conscious of what really goes down your drains every single time; otherwise, you may be headed to plumbing disaster without knowing it.  How can laundry washing screw up your septic system?

Washing Machine Overload

Are you aware that simply overloading your washing machine can harm your septic system?  The mere volume of water that gets poured down the drain by the washing machine can put an already malfunctioning septic system into more trouble.

When the drainfield is nearing failure, the absorption capability can be greatly diminished.  This means that effluent has a huge possibility of backing up into your home through your drains.  It is also very important to understand the capacity limits of your drainfield because it directly affects its ability to absorb the effluent coming down the drain.  Have your septic system checked by a licensed professional plumbing service if you are unsure to be on the safe side.

Washing Machine Detergents

How much detergent do you use to wash clothes?  Normal volume of detergent should not cause any problems with the bacteria in your septic tank responsible for processing waste matter.  Usually, the detergents used with washing machines do not create so much suds.  The detergents rely on the high water temperature, surfactants, and cleaning cycle of the machine to get your clothes washed.

Where does the problem occur?  The main cause of the problem lies with the actual contents of the detergents for washing machines.  Many of these cleaning agents have nonylphenol ethoxylate or phosphate surfactants.  These are responsible for removing the soil particles from the surface of the clothes.  Such chemicals can pose serious danger to the surface and ground water in your area.

Clogging from Dishwashing

Do you realize that your laundry washing can result in clogging of your septic system?  The most common reason is the excessive use of detergents.  It is highly recommended by washing machine manufacturers to use liquid detergents to prevent clogging.  However, it is not enough to use just any liquid detergent, you need to make sure that it is biodegradable and does not contain sodium or fillers.

Are you using dry powder to wash your clothes?  You need to know that sometimes the dry powder will become clogs and clots in your septic system.  This mostly happens when you fail to follow the instructions of the manufacturer and use too much detergent in washing your clothes.

So what is the danger?  The solid chunks of detergent that gets into your septic system will hasten the clogging up to the point where all of your drains can become backed up.  More importantly, you have to be aware that using excessive powder detergent is a waste of your money because most of it would not be dissolved by the washer.

What about fabric softeners?  This is another potential source of problem for your septic system.  Why?  Many of the liquid fabric softeners in the market are petroleum-based.  This means that it is no different than pouring grease and oil down your septic tank; which is not a good practice, remember?

If you really want to keep your septic system safe and healthy, learn how to read the labels to know what actually goes down your drains.  Now, if you haven’t checked your septic system for some time, call a licensed professional plumbing service immediately. No job is too small or too big at