are some tips to keep your system happy and functioning
efficiently. This proactive advice is informative for
homeowners new to septic systems, and can help to avoid
headaches and expense down the road. You will also benefit by
understanding a bit about how septic systems work. The Guide to Operating & Maintaining Your Septic
System provides an insight to this and has
additional recommendations for proactive maintenance.
Keep these tips in mind to
save trouble down the road ...
your tank every 3 to 5 years, if concrete, or every 2 years
the tank is being pumped have the contractor check that the
inflow and outlet pipes are free of blockages, and clean the
effluent filter (if you have one).
a detailed record of repairs, pumping, inspections, permits
issued, and other maintenance
water. Avoiding overuse helps to maintain the beneficial
"sludge" layer in the tank which is needed for proper
treatment of solids.
plumbing leaks - a leaky toilet or faucet can double the
water discharged in a day
trees and shrubs downhill of the septic
grass grow at least 3" high above the septic bed to promote
better absorption of discharge
root, driveway, and other run-off away from your septic tank
your tank does not have above ground lids, mark its location
with a stone or stake for ease of
basket strainers in showers to catch hair - which causes a
big problem for septic beds!
for phosphate-free liquid detergents or concentrated
a dry well for backflushing water
softeners; instead of putting into your septic
a lint filter on your washing machine, reducing the solids
that tend to clog septic beds
low flush toilets and water saving faucets / shower
your laundry throughout the week
a weight to your toilet's tank to reduce the water volume -
you can use a plastic bag filled with