Caring for Your Septic System

Avoid Unnecessary Additives 
Research indicated that additives provide no real value for your system. 

Heed Early Warning Signs

Some early warning signs include; pipes draining slowly or making gurgling noises, sewage smell, back up of water in sinks, showers, or basement, increased standing water or soggy soil over your drain field. 

Keep Accurate Records

It is important to keep any As-builts and repair documentation as well as a maintenance record of septic inspection and pumping. 

Keep Bacteria Working

Your septic system and drain field are full of living organisms that make the system work. Some common household products kill these essential organisms. Excessive amounts of chlorine, antibacterial soap, disinfectants, acids, lye, medicines, pesticides, paint can harm your system and pollute our environment. These items can be properly disposed of at any of our household hazardous waste facilities. Visit our recycling page to find the disposal site nearest you. 

Keep Non-degradable Materials Out

Never flush items that are difficult to degrade such as coffee grounds, disposable diapers, bones, tampons, napkins, paper towels, cigarette butts, dental floss, and packaging. Keep a garbage can in your bathroom and dispose of these items in the trash instead. 
Minimize Runoff near Septic Tank and Drain Field 
Divert downspouts away from your septic tank and drain field 

Protect Your Septic Drain Field

Take care to make sure that you don't plant large trees over your drain pipe system and be sure to never drive over your drain field. 

Reduce Sludge and Scum Buildup

Minimize the amounts of oils, fats, solids, and food waste that enters your system. Solids require you to pump your system more often while fats and oils clog your pipes and increase the amount of scum in your system. Food waste can't break down properly and will clog your drain field. Compost your food waste and fats/oils instead and allow them to be recycled. 
Schedule Regular Maintenance 
Regular maintenance and pumping are necessary to keep your system functioning properly. Pumping is a fraction of the cost of replacing the system. Septic systems must be checked every 1-3 years depending on the type of system.