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Can You Use a Garbage Disposal With a Septic Tank?

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Not sure what to do with food waste?  Find out if you can install a garbage disposal in a septic tank, how to use it correctly, and more. Get all the information you need while staying safe!

Can You Have a Garbage Disposal On A Septic Tank?

The short answer is yes though it is not recommended to use a disposal unit with a septic tank because it can cause problems with the septic tank system.

What Does a Garbage Disposal Do?

A garbage disposal is an electrical appliance for disposing of kitchen food waste, grinding it into small pieces and flushing it down the drain.

What Does a Septic System Do?

A septic system is a self-contained wastewater treatment system designed to treat, store and dispose of household sewage waste safely.

Things to Consider with a Septic Tank

If you have a septic tank, it is important to be mindful of water usage, avoid using chemicals, and use the garbage disposal sparingly.

Things You Can't DO with a Septic Tank

It is important to avoid putting any items in the garbage disposal that cannot be easily broken down and flushed out of a septic system.

Do You Need a Special Garbage Disposal?

Possibly, disposal units that are designed for septic systems are equipped with a special grinding capability that can break down food particles more efficiently.

Garbage Disposal Alternatives

There are several alternatives, like composting or using a worm bin for your food waste, or just a use a trash can.

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