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While garbage disposals are a common convenience for homeowners, they put an extra strain on homes with septic tanks by adding more waste into the system. That's why it's important to choose the right garbage disposal specifically designed for septic systems.

The Impact of Garbage Disposals on Septic Systems

Food scraps, especially solid foods, sent down your kitchen disposal unit increase the solid's load inside a septic tank. Depending on how much you use your garbage disposal unit, your septic tank may need to be pumped more frequently.

Proper Use of Your Garbage Disposal

When your garbage disposal grinds food into small pieces, it washes down the pipes and empties into your septic system. Run cold water before you turn your disposal on; then put food that's properly ground down the drain. Some food items, such as coffee grinds, rice and pasta, don't break down as quickly as other foods. Oil and grease should never be put down a disposal because they can harm your septic system. 

Garbage Disposals Designed for Septic Systems

Enzymes are less likely to harm your septic system than other products. Garbage disposals designed for septic systems spray enzymes whenever the disposal unit is used. Millions of microorganisms go to work immediately to break down food waste before it enters your septic system. Once in the septic system, these enzymes continue digesting food and household waste. This helps keep your septic system functioning properly.

The Bio-Charge System

InSinkErator's septic disposal units use a Bio-Charge enzyme treatment that breaks down waste and deodorizes to help control sink and drain odors. Highly concentrated, the Bio-Charge solution is specially formulated to reduce pipe buildup and control odors. Every time you use the disposal unit, the Bio-Charge solution is injected from a replaceable cartridge. Each cartridge lasts up to four months.

Septic Disposer Advantages

InSinkErator disposers are safe for most homes' septic systems and use less water per day than one flush of a toilet. No additional additives or chemicals are needed to maintain your septic system. And it's as easy to install as a conventional garbage disposal. 

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