Septic Do’s and Don’ts

DO have your septic tank pumped at a regular frequency of once every 3 to 5 years. DO have filters cleaned regularly, if applicable. DO NOT overload your system. Use water sparingly and ensure no additional sources of water are discharging to the system such as water softeners, filtrations systems, or irrigation. DO NOT ignore leaking plumbing fixtures as they will overload your system and can contribute to its demise over time. DO ensure all lids on components outside are adequate and secure. DO notify your septic provider of any alarms or noticeable changes such as odors, surfacing water, sink holes, or unusually saturated ground in the area of the system. DO NOT plant trees or lush vegetation in or around your septic system area and absorption area. DO NOT drive vehicles or heavy equipment on or around any components of your septic system. DO consult a septic contractor before undergoing any major landscaping project, addition, construction of outbuilding, or addition of a pool, especially if you are unaware of the exact location of system components. DO install water saving plumbing fixtures where possible and use high efficiency washing machines if possible to minimize water usage. DO NOT pour kitchen grease or oil down the sink drain. DO collect grease in a container and dispose of it with your trash. DO NOT flush feminine products, prophylactics, disposable diapers, cotton balls, q tips, or any other similar products. DO NOT pour harsh chemicals, gasoline, oil, antifreeze, pesticides, paint, or paint thinners down your drains. DO NOT use garbage disposals.
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