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Maintenance and Tips

Helpful Advice to Keep Your Septic System Working Efficiently

Drain Field Maintenance and Tips

Typical drain field
Typical drain field

Water absorption of the drain field area is the backbone of the septic system. Reduce water by…

  • Washing full loads of laundry and dishes instead of several small loads.
  • Water-saving shower heads, faucet aerators, toilet float valves and low-flow toilets can be installed.
  • Repair all leaking faucets quickly.
  • Avoid leaving the water running while shaving, brushing your teeth, rinsing dishes, etc…
  • Put a pitcher of water in the refrigerator to reduce the amount of running water needed for cold drinking water.

No buildings should be placed above the drain field area as soil compression could occur.

Trees and shrubs should not be grown above the drain field area as their roots cause blockages.

Septic Tank Maintenance and Tips

Use of a monthly septic treatment will keep your system running smoothly.
Use of a monthly septic treatment will keep your system running smoothly.

The septic tank is the support for the whole system. The action within the tank is what allows the drain field to work.

  • Enzymes and bacteria within the septic tank prefer warmer temperatures. Therefore, your septic tank should be buried deep enough to maintain a temperature above freezing.
  • The use of a garbage disposal will add extra solids to your septic tank. Make sure the capacity of your tank is large enough to handle this extra waste.
  • A regular pumping of your septic tank will renew its life. This will also give you the opportunity to inspect the tank for any structural problems.

We offer septic treatments (similar to image). Contact us for details on how you can keep your existing system running smoothly.

Helpful Hints in Caring for Your Septic System

Toxic and hazardous chemicals should never be poured down the drains or flushed down the toilet.Chemicals such as paints, varnishes and pesticides can kill the enzymes and bacteria in your system.

Non-biodegradable material such as cat litter, disposable diapers and coffee grounds are not attacked by enzymes and should not enter the septic system.