Septic System Do’s & Don’ts

Do This

  • Repair any dripping faucets or leaking toilet flappers.
  • Only discharge biodegradable wastes into system.
  • Divert down spouts and other surface water away from your drainfield.
  • Keep all tank covers accessible for inspections and pumping.
  • Have your septic tank pumped every three years and checked for intact baffles and deterioration.
  • Call a professional when you have a problem with your system.
  • It is highly recommended that you install water saving fixtures and appliances.
  • While garbage disposals are not prohibited, composting is a better option for biodegradable kitchen waste.
Don’t Do This

  • Flush disposable diapers, condoms, sanitary napkins, tampons, wipes, or any such products into your system.
  • Dump disinfectants, thinners, poisons, paints, oil, solvents or such chemicals down your drain. Such a practice could ruin pipes and components, counteract the aerobic process, and ultimately contaminate the ground water.
  • Dig holes in your drainfield, or build anything on top of it.
  • Plant trees and shrubs on or very near your drainfield, due to the fact that the root systems of such plantings can invade pipes and tanks, and if uprooted can destroy a drainfield.  Flowers are OK, the best option is grass.
  • Drive on top of any part of your system with any type of heavy vehicle. Ride on lawn mowers will not cause damage.