Septic System Maintenance for Pet Owners

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Most homeowners know better than to throw solid objects down the drain. For pet owners, though, additional precautionary measures are in order. Pets and septic systems can coexist, though you need to be extra mindful. Pet and pet byproducts can cause harm to the septic system’s tank and pipes.

Pet Hair

Pet hair is a common drain-clogging material, and while it’s biodegradable, it does take a while to completely break down. Cats especially like to sit inside kitchen sinks, leaving behind fur. You can easily keep pet fur at bay with a mesh strainer. We often discover excess pet hair during a septic pump. A simple $2 strainer can prevent this.

Pet Products

Pet shampoos may contain unnatural ingredients. This includes chemicals that can upset the septic system’s pH balance and good bacteria. The same goes for chemicals contained in flea and tick sprays. Consider natural cleaning products, even if intended for human use.


Some dogs have a tendency to dig miniature craters in your yard. Larger breeds can dig deep enough to expose the pipes. While a dog’s paws are unlikely to damage the pipes, this may disrupt the drain field. This can mess with the field’s ability to let waste back into the water table. This is also just as bad for your dog, because it could be exposed to partially treated waste water.

Cat Litter 

Our OSS inspections also commonly reveal cat litter. Regardless of what the package says, please do not dispose of kitty litter down the drain. The litter petrifies the poo, making it harder for septic bacteria to break it down.

We Maintain Septic Systems for Pet Owners

Lil John Sanitary Services tackles various pumping jobs, including grease trap cleaning. Contact us if you have a four-legged family member. Pets and septic systems do not always complement one another if owners are not careful.

Septic System General Maintenance

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