16 March 2020


In this time of uncertainty, we want to remind you that your septic system isn’t able to handle high amounts of toilet paper, wipes and excessive bleach!

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. I am including some options for the best toilet paper for septic systems and why they are great options.

  1. BIODEGRADABLE TOILET PAPER – As a paper produce, 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.
  2. 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. Recycle 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% recycled materials.
  3. SINGLE-PLY TOILET PAPER – If you 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 layers. Since single-ply tissue paper is thin, it dissolves easily 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 CAT CANS – 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. Keen 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.

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