Septic System DO'S and DON'TS:
- Use water conservation. Limit the amount of water
usage throughout the day not to exceed the daily designed water limit for
your septic system. Space your laundry use over the week/day. Do
not do consecutive loads. We recommend using a quality "septic safe"
liquid detergent that is bio-degradable. Contact us for details.
- Install low-flow water fixtures throughout the home.
Install a front loading washing machine instead of a top loader. Front
loaders use approximately 14-22 gallons per cycle and top loaders use
approximately 45-55 gallons per cycle.
- Immediately repair/correct ANY water leaks in the house.
Sometimes it is not noticeable if a toilet tank is leaking. It is
recommended to call us to test your fixtures for leakage. A small
leak/drip could add additional hundreds of gallons of liquid to your septic
system which will lead to hydraulic failure of your system.
- Direct all gutters, foundation drains, french drains,
curtain drains, surface water, etc. away from the septic system.
- It is recommended that you have your entire septic system
inspected yearly to inspect for water intrusion, septic/pump tank solids
amount, tank integrity, drain field function, control panel settings, pump
drawdown, float function, etc.
- Keep very detailed sketches or take pictures of your
septic system and all its components. A detailed log of maintenance
and pumping is also a very good idea. Call us if you can not locate
your septic system. We can fully locate & document your systems
location and take accurate pictures for your records.
- If you have an alternating drain field with a diversion
valve, you should switch between drain fields every year. We recommend
that you do this on your birthday or other yearly holiday as its easy to
- Keep easy access to your septic and pump tank access lids
for fast servicing & maintenance. There is nothing worse than a tank
backup emergency that could mean sewage overflowing in your home due to
waiting to locate & excavate your tank lids. It is highly recommended
to properly install access risers to grade for fast servicing & maintenance
of your tank. Contact us for details.
- If you do not have a outlet baffle filter installed in
your septic tank, HAVE ONE INSTALLED! This is a very cheap device that
will dramatically help keep the solids from your septic tank from entering
your pump tank or drain field potentially causing damage and possible
pre-mature failure of your system.
- Do call us if you have any emergency or experience ANY
problems with your septic system. We will make sure to correct these
items in a timely and professional manner.
- Don't flush materials such as: diapers, feminine hygiene
products, medicines, condoms, hair, cigarettes, ANY chemical, coffee
grounds, grease, latex or oil based paint, solvents, petroleum products, cat
box litter, baby wipes, toys, etc. Limit the amount of bleach,
anti-bacterial product you introduce into the system as these products might
lower the bacterial population in your system. The only things that
should be flushed down the toilet are human waste and small amounts of
- Do not use a garbage disposal. Your garbage
disposal adds unnecessary raw and undigested material to your septic system.
If you just insist on using one, we recommend that you install a septic tank
that is at least 1/3 size larger and have it pumped more frequently.
Call us for details.
- Do not use septic tank additives. Most of these
products will break down the material in the septic tank but not eliminate
it. Eventually, a lot of this suspended material will migrate out of
the septic tank to your pump tank or drain field causing very expensive
problems. In extreme cases where there is very little bacterial
processing in the tank we have a live bacteria that we can introduce into
the system to promote healthy bacteria. Contact us for details.
- Do not plant trees or deep rooting plants/brush over the
drain field area. It is best to just plant normal grass and keep
properly maintained. Roots seek water and can find their way into
drain field lateral pipes, tanks, etc. causing major problems that are
expensive to repair. Some types of trees & brush to avoid are: willow
trees, cottonwood trees, poplar trees, blackberries, or other deep rooting
plants. If you already have these items growing in or near your drain
field or tanks, we recommend you give us a call to discuss your options for
- Do not drive over ANY part of your septic system.
Don't worry, its ok to travel over your septic system with our small lawn
mower! We have heard from people stating that they "only drove over it
once" with their truck, tractor, or other vehicle and are now facing
expensive repairs due to breaks in the lines, compaction of soils in the
drain field, or other problem. If you don't know the location of your
system components, please give us a call to locate and mark them for you.
- Do not allow any animals to trample over or near the
septic system. Obviously, small dogs or cats are OK.
- Do not build anything over any part of your septic
system. When in doubt, give us a call to discuss your options.
- Do not try to fix any issues with our septic system.
Do not for any reason enter your septic or pump tank as there is very
dangerous gases & liquid/solids that can cause serious harm or death to you.
Please give us a call to properly correct any issue you have
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