Garbage Disposals and Septic Tanks
LESLIE: Christine in Georgia, you’ve got The Money Pit. How can we help you today?CHRISTINE: We live due south of Chattanooga, Tennessee in a little town in Georgia.TOM: OK.CHRISTINE: And we’re on city water but – and we have a septic tank. And I’m wondering if we can install a garbage disposal.TOM: Christine, that’s a total, shall we say, old wives’ tale. (Leslie chuckles) Septic systems are not negatively affected by garbage disposers. The only thing that really can impact septic systems is if you have a lot of grease or oil that goes down into them. But a garbage disposer that simply takes other, easily-degradable waste and puts it through the system, that’s not going to have an effect on it. So you feel free to go right ahead and pick up a disposer.CHRISTINE: OK, well that’s what we’ll do then. Thank you very much.TOM: You’re very welcome. Thanks so much for calling us at 1-888-MONEY-PIT.