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Being a homeowner in Asheville is a lovely proposition. Having the opportunity to be close to the city while also being able to explore the surrounding mountains is a dream for many people. There are plenty of easy day trips to see waterfalls, climb along beautiful mountain ridges, and explore cute downtowns such as Black Mountain, Weaverville, and Hendersonville.

It is not all roses owning a home, though. There are plenty of things to consider, from maintenance to insurance and everything in between. Homeownership comes with a lot of responsibility. One responsibility is keeping up with your home's wastewater system.

It's not hard to understand why it is essential not just to flush anything down your drain. Some waste is acceptable, but not everything. There are obvious things, such as hazardous waste, chemicals, and other contaminants, that can damage the environment and impact groundwater. Some things can create serious clogs. 

To help keep your septic system working properly and your plumbing system healthy, we have put together a list of 11 things that should never be flushed down the toilet or drain.

How Your Septic System Works

Septic systems are underground wastewater treatment structures, commonly used in rural areas without centralized sewer systems. They use a combination of nature and proven technology to treat wastewater from household plumbing produced by bathrooms, kitchen drains, and laundry.

A typical septic system consists of a septic tank and a drainfield, or soil absorption field.

It was not all that long ago historically that using the restroom inside was a luxury and almost unthinkable for ordinary people. You might have family members who remember when it was far more customary to conduct business outside. The Greeks and Romans had versions of running water indoors, but it would be centuries before we had a reliable and economical way to dispose of trash in our houses.

In the nineteenth century, a Frenchman named Jean-Louis Mouras invented the septic system, making it possible to use the restroom indoors and send the waste outside. He essentially used clay pipes to connect his house to an exterior concrete tank. Then he figured out how to connect the tank to a central cesspool in his city. 

Today, we don’t even think twice about doing business indoors. It’s not a modern convenience; it’s a necessity. However, that can lull us into a false sense of security.