Follow these tips on what to do and what to avoid doing when you have a septic system.
DO learn the location of your septic tank and absorption area. Keep a sketch of it with your maintenance record handy for service visits.
DO have your tank cleaned regularly by a licensed professional every three to five years.
DO have your aerobic treatment units pumped out every 1 to 2 years depending on the water usage.
DO keep your septic tank cover accessible for inspections and cleanings. Have risers installed if necessary.
DO call a professional whenever you experience problems with your septic system, or if there are any signs of system failure.
DO keep a detailed record of repairs, pumping, inspections, permits issued and other maintenance activities.
DO conserve water to avoid overloading the system. Be sure to repair any leaky faucets or toilets.
DO divert other sources of water (i.e. roof drains, house footing drains, etc.) away from the septic system. Excessive water overloads the soil in the absorption area and keeps it from naturally cleansing the wastewater.
DO "Go Green" with soaps, detergents, and other household products, these all end up in the septic system.
DON’T go down into a septic tank. Toxic gases are produced by the natural treatment processes in septic tanks and can kill in minutes. Extreme care should be taken when inspecting a septic tank, even when just looking in.
DON’T allow anyone to drive or park over any part of the system.
DON’T plant anything over or near the absorption area except grass. Roots from nearby trees or shrubs may clog and damage the drain lines.
DON’T dig in your absorption area, build anything over it, or cover the absorption area with a hard surface (i.e. concrete or asphalt).
DON’T Plan any building additions, pools, driveways, or other construction work near the septic tank or absorption area. The area over the absorption area should have only a grass cover. The grass will not only prevent erosion, but will help remove excess water.
DON’T use your toilet as a trash can or poison your septic system and groundwater by pouring harmful chemicals and cleansers down the drain. Harsh chemicals can kill the beneficial bacteria that treat your wastewater.
DON’T use a garbage disposal at all, food and grease is not able to be broken down once it is in the tank which results in the tank needing to be pumped out.
DON’T use any bath oils.
DON’T pour grease or cooking oils down the sink drain.
DON’T flush the following objects:
DON’T flush hazardous chemicals, such as: