The Do's and Don'ts of Caring for Your Septic System

These tips can be used for the care of both conventional septic and alternative treatment systems.

DON'TS

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  • Don't Flush Damaging Substances or Dump Them Down Your Drains Specifically, do not put pharmaceuticals, excessive amounts of bath/body oils, water softener backwash, flammable/toxic products, household cleaners (floor wax or rug cleaner), chlorine bleach/chlorides, or pesticides/herbicides/ag chemicals and fertilizer into your household system.
  • Don't use special additives touted to enhance the performance of your tank or system.
  • Don't Dump RV Waste Into Your System - Not only could it clog or foul your onsite system, it may contain toxic chemicals.
  • Don't Drive Over Your System
  • Don't leave faucets on during cold weather. Instead, insulate or heat them to prevent freezing.

DO

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  • Do Capture that Lint! Keep lint out of your system by cleaning the filters regularly. A supplemental filter on your washing machine can also help reduce the frequency/cost of pumping your treatment tank.
  • Fix Leaks Promptly! A leaky toilet can waste up to 2,000 gallons of water in a single day, drastically increasing your typical daily flow and potentially overloading your onsite system.
  • Do complete major landscaping and permanent outdoor structures before installation as much as possible. Easily removable items like bird baths and picnic tables are okay.
  • Capture that Grease - Collect grease in a container and put it in the trash. Avoid or minimize the use of garbage disposals by composting or disposing of food scraps.
  • Certain items are best sent straight to the trash rather than risk clogging your onsite system. These include egg shells, cantalope seeds, gum, coffee grounds, tea bags, chewing tobacco, cigarette butts, paper towels, newspaper, diapers, kitty litter, candy wrapper, rags and large amounts of hair.
  • Do keep the tank access lid fastened to the riser at all times with stainless steel lid bolts. If the lid or riser becomes damaged, block access immediately and call our operator.

SAFETY!

Never enter a septic tank!
Don't Enter Your Septic Tank - Entering an underground tank without necessary training and procedures can result in death by drowning or suffocation. Keep children away from tank openings if lids are off or bolts are removed. It's best to keep the access lid fastened! If the lid or riser becomes damaged, block access immediately and call our operator.

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