Can a garbage disposal effect the septic system?
Household garbage disposals are a great convenience appliance, but some precautions must be in place when in use with a Septic system.
The main problem is undigested food partials break down very slowly in a septic tank and help build the scum level floating on the top of the tank. The undigested food creates a F>O>G in the tank. (Fat Oil Grease) that slows the consumption of the solids and can harm the leach field. Use the garbage disposal with moderation, scraping the dishes and cooking utensils into the trash, not the sink.
Some things should NEVER be placed in a garbage disposal because they will not break down or break down very slowly.
For those of you who like lists here is a partial list of things to avoid.
Seeds of any kind
Vegetable peelings, Carrot, potato, squash, melon, Coconut etc.
Fruit Peelings or cores or tops, Apple, orange, strawberry, pineapple, etc.
Anything that is NOT organic.
Anything that could be just as easily put in the trash.
BASICALLY IF YOU DID NOT OR COULD NOT EAT IT, DON’T PUT IT DOWN THE GARBAGE DISPOSAL.