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What’s the Best Toilet Paper for Septic Systems?

 

Septic system maintenance isn’t just about regular checkups and inspections. It also depends on your household’s overall water usage and habits. And, as you probably already know, this involves what you flush down the toilet. Otherwise, you might end up with a failing septic system and a very expensive problem.

To avoid this nightmare, it’s important to choose your toilet paper with care. After all, this is the only thing—besides human waste—that should even go in the toilet. Let’s delve into the best toilet paper for septic systems and why they’re great options.

 

1. RECYCLED TOILET PAPER

Standard toilet paper usually contains a variety of chemicals, like formaldehyde and chlorine bleach. These substances could mess with the bacteria in your septic tank and reduce its overall effectiveness.
But recycled toilet paper is produced with fewer chemicals, which is healthier for your septic system—and your family. Furthermore, the recycled kind breaks down easier than its traditional counterpart. This means it will dissolve quickly in your tank, reducing the chances of unfortunate septic backups.
When buying recycled toilet paper, always choose a product that’s made of 100 percent recycled materials.

 

2. BIODEGRADABLE TOILET PAPER

As a paper product, conventional toilet paper will eventually decompose. However, this process requires a lot of time and water. Biodegradable toilet paper dissolves much faster. That’s because it’s made with natural materials such as cotton, wood fiber, and bamboo. This type of toilet paper is free of additives as well. The only drawback? Biodegradable toilet paper can be quite expensive, so keep this in mind before shopping.

 

3. SINGLE-PLY TOILET PAPER

If you must opt for traditional toilet paper, choose single-ply. Also known as 1-ply, this tissue paper is made with one layer of paper. Two-ply tissue, on the other hand, consists of two layers. (And 3-ply has three.)
Since single-ply tissue paper is thin, it dissolves like a charm in a septic tank. Meanwhile, multi-ply tissue takes longer to break down, which can quickly fill up your tank. It’s also more likely to clog your pipes.

 

4. TALK TO THE PROFESSIONALS AT PARADISE VALLEY SEPTIC

In general, the best toilet paper for septic systems is thin and contains few chemicals. But if you’re not sure what to look for, check the labels on the packaging of toilet paper. Keep an eye out for words like “septic-safe” or “septic-friendly.” While you’re at it, try to use just one or two sheets during each bathroom trip. This significantly limits how much paper enters your tank, which reduces how fast it fills up.

The result is less frequent pumpings and fewer potential problems. Who can argue with that?
Our team is also happy to provide personalized recommendations, along with other tips for septic system maintenance.

 

Have questions? Contact us at (480) 351-1725 or email us at mail@paradisevalleyseptic.com.

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