SepticSmart Week is an annual event held in September, which is focused on educating homeowners and communities on the proper care and maintenance of their septic systems. Our organization is one of 20 partners that is a member of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Decentralized Wastewater Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Partnership.
Septic Smart Week brings awareness to something that is usually “out of sight, out of mind”. The EPA recommends these helpful tips to keep your septic system working its best.
- Think at the Sink! What goes down the drain has a big impact on your septic system. Fats, grease, and solids can clog a system’s pipes and drainfield.
- Don’t Overload the Commode! A toilet is not a trash can. Disposable diapers and wipes, feminine hygiene products, coffee grounds, cigarette butts, and cat litter can damage a septic system.
- Don’t Strain Your Drain! Use water efficiently and stagger use of water-based appliances. Too much water use at once can overload a system that hasn’t been pumped recently.
- Shield Your Field! Tree and shrub roots, cars, and livestock can damage your septic drainfield.
- Keep It Clean! Contamination can occur when a septic system leaks due to improper maintenance. Be sure your drinking water is safe to drink by testing it regularly.
- Protect It and Inspect It! Regular septic system maintenance can save homeowners thousands of dollars in repairs and protect public health.
If it’s been over 3 years since your last septic service, don’t wait until you have a stinky mess on your hands! Give us a call to schedule your septic tank cleaning and drainfield cleaning before it’s too late.