What can you do to maintain your septic system?

Septic systems should be inspected at least every 3 years by a licensed contractor and your tank should be pumped generally every three to five years or as recommended by the inspector.

  • Your septic system contains a live collection of organisms that digest and treat waste. Pouring chemicals down your drain can kill these organisms and harm your septic system.
  • Reduce the amount of fats, grease and solids entering your septic system by eliminating the use of garbage disposal. Note, increased disposal use can result in more frequent pumping of your septic tank.
  • Do not flush feminine hygiene products, condoms, diapers, cigarette butts, coffee grounds or cat litter - these products can clog and potentially damage your septic system.
  • The less water you use, the less water enters the septic system, which decreases the workload. Run the dishwasher and washing machines only when full. Repair leaky toilets and pipes. When replacing toilets and faucets, select high-efficiency models.

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