Don't flush cigarette butts,
tampons, condoms or other indigestible materials down the toilets or
sinks. These will clog the outlet filter or drainfield.
Don't pour grease down the
drain -- grease cannot be digested by the septic system and will clog
it! Instead, pour the grease into an empty can or bottle and discard
with the trash.
Don't use excessive amounts of
bleach or other cleaning products -- too much will interfere with the
bacterial action inside the septic tank. Small amounts of
household bleach or laundry detergent can be used without ill effects.
Don't do several loads of
laundry back-to-back -- instead, space your wash loads out over the
week so that the septic system does not have to process so much water (a
typical wash load uses between 60 - 90 gallons per load!).
Don't plant trees or shrubbery
near or over your drainfield. Roots from trees and plants will
grow into the drainlines and clog them.
Don't allow vehicles to drive
over any part of your septic system. Traffic over your drainfield
can crush the pipes or pack down the soil around them, and driving over the
septic tank can cause the tank's lid to crack or break apart!
Do conserve water -- the less
water you use, the less wastewater your septic system will have to
process! Look into installing water-conserving showerheads, toilets or
other water-saving features.
Do have your septic tank
pumped out periodically. The Florida Department of Health recommends
that septic tanks be pumped out every four to five years to
reduce accumulations of sludge in the tank.
Do check your plumbing for
leaks on a regular basis. A leaking toilet flapper valve can let
hundreds of gallons of wasted water into your septic system, causing stoppages
and overloaded drainfields.
Do consult your local health
department for more information. Our Environmental Health Professionals
can provide you with many tips and information to help your septic system last
as long as possible.
Contact Sallie Graddy or
Douglas Keaton at the Columbia County Health
Department by calling (386)
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