Every time someone comes up with a new hygiene product, humans benefit. But, the environment suffers in one way or another. This holds true with hygiene wipes, which are continually increasing in popularity. They may be convenient and comfortable, but they can also spell disaster for septic systems and the environment. So read on and think twice before using these products.
In the case of septic systems, hygiene wipes are causing issues that recently affected a system at a local apartment building. The wipes collected inside the drain lines, causing grease to build up behind them, causing a backup. The expense was around $650 to have the tank pumped and the lines flushed. The owner now realizes these wipes have entered the dry well, blocking the drainage holes in the dry well. This means the tank needs to be cleaned out.
Be careful what you put in your systems: no wipes, no harsh toilet cleaners, no paper towels or other hygiene products. Remember that everything you flush down the toilet still has to end up somewhere. You certainly don’t want any of those items in your septic system.