Day three focuses on not using the commode as a trashcan. So flushing things other than the three P’s down the drain will or could clog the commode and septic tank and system. The three P’s are: Poop. Pee-Pee, and toilet Paper. Other things will not degrade rapidly and cause the tank to fill with these things and potentially cause back-up problems. One question is — can I flush flushable wipes? Most sources say that you should not. So, on this third day of SepticSmart week — Don’t Overload the Commode!

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The topic for Day 4 (Thursday) is: Pump your Tank!

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  • Pump Your Tank! Did you know a typical septic tank needs to be pumped every 3 – 5 years on average? Properly caring for a septic system can be challenging if you’ve never owned a septic system before. With Septic Sam’s Top 10 List, learn easy tips to help prolong the life of your septic system. Check out our toolkit at