How Should I Care For My Septic System?

Do's

  • Have your septic system inspected and pumped after two years to determine pumping intervals.
  • Keep records of repairs, pumpings, inspections, permits issued and other system maintenance activities.
  • Learn the location of your septic system. Keep a sketch of it with your maintenance record and service visits.
  • Check any pumps, siphons, other moving parts, plus the interceptor drain regularly.
  • Spread automatic washer use over the week rather than one day.
  • Divert roof drains, surface water, sump pumps and house-footing drains away from the septic system.
  • Repair any dripping faucets. Avoid long showers and use water-saving devices in faucets, shower heads and toilets.
  • Plant grass on the drain field to minimize soil erosion.

 

Don'ts:

  • Don’t dump grease or fats down the kitchen drain. They solidify and the accumulation may contribute to blockages in the system.
  • Don’t plant trees or shrubbery on the absorption field area. The roots will get into the lines, plugging them up.
  • Don’t drive over the absorption field with cars, trucks or heavy equipment as they could crush the pipes.
  • Don’t discharge the backwash from water treatment devices in to your septic system.
  • Don’t use your toilet as a trash can by dumping non-degradables, chemicals or solvents down your toilet or drains.
  • Don’t enter a pumped septic tank. The gasses may be fatal.
  • Don’t use commercial septic tank additives.

 

Don't Flush:

Cat litter, Disposable diapers, Sanitary napkins, Tampons, Condoms, Paper towels, Facial tissue, Hair, Dental floss, Cotton swabs, Coffee grounds, Cigarette butts, Pesticides, Paint thinners, Waste oils, Varnishes, Photographic chemicals and other Chemical wastes.