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YOU & YOUR SEPTIC SYSTEM

WHAT CAN I DO TO PROPERLY MAINTAIN MY SEPTIC SYSTEM?

  • First and foremost, inspect your septic tank every year. If the sludge and surface scum combined are as thick as 1/3 the liquid depth of your tank, have the tank pumped out by a licensed pumper.
  • Your tank should be pumped out at least every two to three years. .
  • Do not flush bulky waste or grease into the system. It can plug the sewer and/or distribution lines.
  • Do not flush toxic materials into the system. Paint thinner, gasoline, pesticides, chlorine, drain cleaners and other caustic or toxic substances can kill the naturally-occurring bacteria in the tank and impair its function. If in doubt, don’t flush it.
  • Conserve water. Too much water can overload your system and adversely affect its function. Using five gallons of water to flush a bug down the toilet is ridiculous.
  • Don’t allow vehicles or livestock on your leach field. The weight can compact the soil and/or break pipes.
  • Don’t bother adding enzymes or commercial additives to your system. The trillions of bacteria already provide all the digestion needed. You are literally throwing money down the drain by using additives.
  • Conserve water. Too much water can overload your system and adversely affect its function. Using five gallons of water to flush a bug down the toilet is ridiculous.
  • Any soggy areas around the system, or disagreeable odors, indicate system failure. Have it checked. Even if you don’t notice these, it might be time to have your tank pumped out.

ADDITIONAL SUGGESTIONS

  • Minimize or eliminate use of sink “disposal” units which grind up food wastes and place a burden on your septic tank.
  • Don’t stack firewood or place storage sheds or other structures over your system.
  • Don’t use colored toilet paper, it does not break down in the tank as rapidly as white paper.

REMINDER

  • Replacing and existing system can be costly! Estimates over $2,000 are now common. The life of the system can be prolonged by proper maintenance and frequent pumpouts – a small price to pay in comparison!

SEPTIC SYSTEM DO’S AND DONT’S

DO

  • Know the location of your septic tank.
  • Have your tank pumped out at least every 2 to 3 years.
  • Check your leach field for system failure
  • Conserve water.

DON’T

  • Flush bulky waste or grease into your system.
  • Flush toxic materials into the system.
  • Allow vehicles or livestock on the leach field.
  • Add commercial additives to your system.