Septic System Brochure: Do's and Don'ts
- Know the location and capacity of your septic tank system.
- Have a licensed contractor inspect the tank at least every three
- Have tank pumped when the combined depth of the sludge and scum
equals 1/3 of the tank liquid volume.
- Install the system so that rainfall and surface water will flow
away from the drainfield.
- Grow grass above the system.
- Install water conservation fixtures or devices to reduce the
total volume of water entering the system.
- Keep plumbing fixtures such as toilets and faucets in good
repair to prevent leakage and wasting of water.
- Never flush paper towels, newspapers, wrapping paper, rags or
sticks into the system.
- Never allow large, irregular, intermittent or constant volumes
of clear water into the system, as with a leaking toilet or faucet.
- Never over-use ordinary household cleaning chemicals that will
be flushed into the system.
- Never pour out or empty hobby or home industry chemicals into
- Never allow grease or other bulky waste to enter the system.
- Never flush toxic materials such as pesticides into the system.
- Never plant trees or shrubbery in the drainfield.
- Never allow vehicles (cars, trucks, etc.) to drive across or
park on the drainfield. (Protect it from being crushed.)
- Never waste water.
- Never use chemical solvents to clean plumbing lines or a septic
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