Septic System Maintenance
Know where your septic field is, have your tank pumped every three years by a professional service, and keep maintenance records. More frequent pumping is required for larger families and households that use a garbage disposal/garburator. To find a septic pump service look in the yellow pages under “Septic Tanks–Cleaning & Removal”.
Septic System Runoff
Divert runoff from your roof, patio, and driveway away from your drain field, and do not saturate it with automatic water sprinkling.
Never put non–degradables down sinks or toilets, e.g. cigarettes, diapers, grease, hair, cat litter, coffee grounds, female hygiene products – even if they say ‘flushable’ in a septic system, they are not.
Do not use excessive amounts of bleach or kitchen solvents, and never pour harmful chemicals down your drains – no paint (including latex paint), kerosene, solvents, antifreeze, gas, oil, herbicides, or pesticides. These substances can leach into groundwater and poison the environment. They can also destroy the ‘good bacteria’ that assist with sewage treatment. Take hazardous wastes to approved disposal centres.
Septic Drain Field
Never park or drive on your septic drain field. Never build outbuildings, patios, or pools over your septic drain field and do not compact your soil.
Plant grass over your drain field to prevent damage from roots.
Conserve water in your home to avoid overload of your system. Do not stress your system with multiple loads of laundry in one day.