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Do's & Don'ts regarding your Septic System


  • Learn the location of your septic system and drain field.

  • Have a regular septic system maintenance plan in place, and follow it.

  • Have your septic tank pumped out every 3 - 5 years.

  • Contact a professional right away in the event of system problems.

  • Make sure that all sink, shower or toilet traps have water in them. Septic gases can enter your house through the dry traps.

  • Protect tank hatches from water infiltration by diverting surface water away.

  • Plant grass on your drain field rather than trees or shrubs to protect against root damage.

  • Keep records of all maintenance on your system.

  • Keep records of any or all repairs to your system.

  • Don't inspect your tank alone.

  • Never leave an open tank unattended.

  • Never enter the septic tank or put your head inside.

  • Never put non-degradables items down sinks or toilets. Non-degradables items include:
    • cigarette butts
    • filters
    • sanitary items
    • newspaper
    • disposable diapers
    • condoms
    • facial tissue
    • paper towels
    • hair
    • tea bags
    • coffee grounds
    • cat litter
    • fats & grease

  • Never pour hazardous wastes, including paints, kerosene, solvents, antifreeze, gas, oil, herbicides and pesticides.

  • Do not drive or park on your drainfield.

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