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Items To Avoid

Items to avoid

Designed and tested to treat common wastewater and sewage from commercial and residential sources. Superior On-Site Solutions and Hoot prohibit the following items in the Hoot Wastewater Treatment System.

Inert Materials

Plastic, Rubber, Scouring Pads, Dental Floss, Cigarette Filters, Bandage, Hair, Mop Strings, Lint, Rags, Cloth, and Towels do not degrade in an on-site treatment system. Inert materials will build up solids and lead to system malfunctions, clogging, or increased pump-out frequency.

Paper Products

Not designed to dissolve in an on-site treatment system: disposable diapers, paper towels, baby wipes, facial tissues, and moist toilet paper. Excessive amounts of toilet tissue will not decompose. All can lead to system malfunction, back-up, or increased pump-out frequency.

Food Waste

Don't put Animal Fats, Grease, Coffee Grounds, Citrus Rinds, Egg Shells, down the sink. Limit garbage disposal use to waste that cannot be scooped out and thrown in the trash. Spoiled Dairy Products and Yeasts from home Brewery or Baking may cause excessive growth of microbes that do not degrade sewage.


Do not flush Baby Wipes, Lotions, Scented or Quilted Toilet tissue, Female Sanitary Products, Cotton Balls or Swabs, Condoms, or expired Medicines/Antibiotics. Septic tank additives generally do more harm than good. Automatic Disinfection Tablets (blue, clear, or otherwise) will kill the organisms needed to consume waste.

Chemicals & Toxins

Paint, Paint Thinner, Solvents, Volatile Substances, Drain Cleaners, Automotive Fluids, Fuels, Pesticides, Herbicides, Fertilizers, Metals, Disinfects, Sanitizers, Bleach, Mop Water. Excessive use of Household chemicals and backwash from Water Softener regeneration. These items kill the microbes necessary for treatment.

Laundry Practices

On-Site systems must process the water as it enters the system. Spread laundry out over the week and not all run at one time. Excessive use of Detergents, especially those containing bleach, can affect system performance. We recommend liquid detergents over powder and fabric softeners over liquid softeners. Use Bleach sparingly and at half the rate indicated on the container.

Clear Water Waste

Water from A/C Discharge lines, floor drains and gutters can increase the flow to your treatment system. These items can at least disrupt, if not destroy, the treatment process.

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