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How to Care for Your Septic System – And Why

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The first step in caring for your septic system is to care about your septic system. This means taking care of your system by maintaining it and being conscientious about which items you put down the drain.

Caring for Your Septic System 101

Don’t put these items in your system:

  • Septic system additives
  • Harsh chemicals
  • Cigarette butts
  • Baby wipes
  • Disinfecting wipes
  • Make up remover wipes
  • Feminine products
  • Q tips
  • Dental floss
  • Contraceptives
  • Medicine
  • Tobacco Products

A septic system is designed to handle normal household usage. It’s not be used as a trash can. Remember: “flushable” does not equal “septic safe”!

  1. Pump your tank every 3-5 years.  Infrequent tank pumping affects the long-term workability and can also allow root intrusion and corrosion to occur in the tank.
  2. Conserve water. Avoid large surges of water usage,  dripping faucets, running commodes, and malfunctioning water softeners.
  3. Don’t drive over any part of your system.
  4. Don’t build over any part of your system.
  5. Don’t use the garbage disposal excessively or dump cooking grease down the drain.

Why Should You Care for Your Septic System?

The harder you are on your septic system, the shorter its lifespan, and the closer you are to a costly replacement. Since 1937, we’ve been encouraging and educating our customers on how to get the longest lives out of their septic systems. With proper maintenance and usage, we can help ensure your system runs efficiently for a long time.


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