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Question DetailsAsked on 8/24/2017

can normal toliet tissue be used when you have a septic tank

can I use regular toilet paper in our septic tank

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You can, but not advised by some professionals in the field - but a large percentage of regular toilet papers are listed as safe for septic systems - read the label. There are also specific ones from major manufacturers specifically designed to come apart and break down faster in RV and septic systems.

Generally speaking, the softer and more easily disintegrated in water it is, the more it will make it through the tank and clog the leach pipes - coarser/harsher paper (think government building TP and especially many of the recycled paper ones that are brownish) stay together and actually sink faster, staying in the tank sludge. Also, the more absorbent it is, the faster it will sink - but the multi-layer quilted ones for instance tend to make it past the tank better sometimes because they retain air till they are in the tank.

From my go-to sewer guy - quilted Charmin is one he says is very commonly in houses where they have this problem of matting in the leach pipes. He also named Angel Soft and Cottonelle Ultra Soft as problem ones. But generally, other than the ultra soft quilted type, general toilet paper should work fine - and keeping the tank from getting over-filled with solids is probably a much bigger factor in leach field life than the type of toilet paper used.

Probably the largest factor is the amount of grease/oil put down the drains.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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