Septic System Diagram from House

Top 10 Ways to Be a Good Septic Owner

1. Have your septic system inspected every three years by a qualified professional or according to your state/ local health department’s recommendations

2. Have your septic tank pumped, when necessary, generally every three to five years

3. Avoid pouring harsh products (e.g., oils, grease, chemicals, paint, medications) down the drain

4. Discard non-degradable products in the trash (e.g., floss, disposable wipes, cat litter) instead of flushing them

5. Keep cars and heavy vehicles parked away from the drain field and tank

6. Follow the system manufacturer’s directions when using septic tank cleaners and additives

7. Repair leaks and use water efficient fixtures to avoid overloading the system

8. Maintain plants and vegetation near the system to ensure roots do not block drains

9. Use soaps and detergents that are low-suds, biodegradable, and low- or phosphate-free

10. Prevent system freezing during cold weather by inspecting and insulating vulnerable system parts (e.g., the inspection pipe and soil treatment area)

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