How Laundry Disinfectants May Be Impacting Your Septic System

February 11, 2022 4:08 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Do you use laundry disinfectants? If so, there are two important questions you should be asking: Are laundry disinfectants bad for septic systems? And, if so, what do laundry disinfectants do to septic systems?

The answers to these questions should help guide your future laundry habits. Here’s what you need to know to keep your septic system running smoothly.

What are laundry disinfectants?

Disinfectants kill bacteria and viruses. Laundry disinfectants are detergents and other pretreatment products that are designed to disinfect your clothing by killing any bacteria and viruses that are on the items. These can include sprays that are applied directly to the clothing or liquids or powders that are added to the wash cycle.

Are laundry disinfectants bad for septic systems?

In short, yes. Laundry disinfectants are unhealthy for septic systems. Remember, your septic system relies on bacteria to function properly. If laundry disinfectants enter your system, they attack and kill the bacteria that your system needs. As a result, your septic system will not be able to break down waste and eliminate pathogens from your wastewater. This, in turn, can cause sewage backups, overflows or entire system failures.

Are laundry disinfectants necessary?

Fortunately for your septic system, laundry disinfectants are not needed to rid your laundry of pathogens. Disinfectant products are only good for killing certain bacteria, and these do not include flu or COVID-19 germs; however, these pathogens are neutralized during a regular wash cycle. So you do not have to spend time or money on disinfectants that will cause damage to your septic system.

If you are concerned about laundering the clothes of a sick family member, simply wash their laundry separately. Wear gloves when handling their clothing, and then disinfect baskets and hampers that held their clothing. For washing, use regular laundry detergent, and wash the clothing in warm or hot water.

What should I do if I have already used laundry disinfectants?

If your septic system has been exposed to a significant amount of laundry disinfectants, you should consult with a septic system specialist. They may recommend an inspection of your system to ensure it is performing properly. If the disinfectants have killed the bacteria, a technician can treat your system to stimulate bacteria growth and improve waste breakdown.

Who should I contact if disinfectants have damaged my septic system?

Always partner with a trusted professional for septic system maintenance. Look for a company that is established in the industry with trained and experienced technicians. Choose a company that offers a full range of septic services to meet all your needs. Ask for references, and read online reviews to confirm what kind of experience you can expect with the company.

Have more questions?

If you want to know more about what laundry disinfectants do to septic systems or have any other questions related to your septic system, contact the team at B.H. Cameron Septic Services LLC. Our experienced technicians can provide the information and service you need to keep your septic system running smoothly. Reach us today at 603-755-2110.

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