Septic System Tips

  • Have your tank cleaned every 2 or 3 years.
  • Stagger baths and wash loads to avoid overload.
  • Don’t pour paint thinner, pesticides, photographic chemicals, or motor oil into drains or toilets.
  • Never dispose of grease, fat, coffee grounds, paper towels or facial tissues in sinks or toilets.
  • Use only white, non-fluffy toilet tissue; dyes are harmful to bacteria needed for decomposition.
  • Be sparing in your use of chemical drain cleaners, toilet bowl cleaners, and bleach.
  • Use a garbage disposer sparingly or not at all.
  • Direct the runoff from roof gutters and downspouts away from the drainage field.
  • Don’t drive or park over the drainage field.
  • Call for service if smelly water rises from the drainage field or if water backs up out of drains.
  • Don’t use commercial tank treatments; they can liquefy sludge, which can then flow into the drainage field and clog its lines. To hasten decomposition, every 6 months mix 1/2 pond of brewer’s yeast in warm water and flush it down the toilet.

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