Tips for Septic Tank Maintenance and Repair


- Do not use garbage disposals that swallow food whole, instead use garbage disposals that grind food and periodically release enzymes to help break down particles more quickly in the septic system. Another option is to occasionally flush enzyme packets down the toilet.

- Harsh chemicals and cleaners destroy the bacteria that keeps your waste decomposing and can show up in wells, streams and nearby lakes. Do not pour these items down the drain more than necessary.

- Plant a flower garden or grass on the drain field to cut down on soil erosion.

- Do not drive over drain fields in your vehicle or with heavy machinery. Doing so may cause caving in or ineffectiveness of draining.

- Large amounts of water can overload a septic system. Consider washing smaller loads of laundry throughout the week instead of all at once or washing your dishes as they are used. The less water used at one time is less stress on the system.

- Its important to keep any above ground water away from the septic tank. Make sure that drain pipes or culverts are channeled away for swimming pools, fountains or yard watering systems

- Consider removing trees within 75 feet and planting new trees with aggressive roots at least 150 feet away from the septic system. Roots can grown into lines and your drain field causing significant damage.

- Dispose of oil and grease in the garbage. These items do not break down well and stop up your drain field resulting in costly repair or additional pumping.

- Do not flush anything down the toilet other than bodily waste and paper. All other items will eventually clog your system resulting in costly repairs.