- 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
- sanitary items
- disposable diapers
- facial tissue
- paper towels
- 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.