Garbage Disposal vs. Septic Tank

plumber in VancouverA garbage disposal is a wonderful invention. Eliminating waste from dinner dishes and pots and pans by scraping it into the sink and turning on the disposal is simple and effective. That is, it is effective for removing the debris from your sight but where does it go and what happens to it? If your garbage disposal and drainage pipes are not working sufficiently to smoothly carry organic matter away, then it is time to call a plumber in Vancouver.

Even though it may seem to be more convenient, there are some items that should never end up in your sink if you have a septic tank, as they can cause clogs and other more severe problems.

  • Drain cleaners do not work. These caustic chemicals not only can damage pipes but are harmful to the skin and respiratory system.
  • Coffee grounds and eggshells become too heavy when mixed with water. These serve a much better purpose as compost for the garden.
  • Potatoes, beans, rice and pasta expand in water and form a paste that coats the inside of pipes to inhibit proper drainage.
  • Most importantly, grease and oil enter pipes and your septic tank as a liquid but harden to a thick, gooey solid that can cause a multitude of plumbing issues. They should never go down the drain, whether you have a septic tank or on the city system. Dispose of grease in a sealed container in the garbage.

For questions about septic tank safety or if you have encountered clogged plumbing, call High Mark Plumbing at (604) 945-6060 for a certified plumber in Vancouver.