DO have your tank inspected and pumped out every three to five years by a licensed septic pumping company.
DO keep a record of pumping, inspections, and maintenance.
DO practice water conservation to reduce the amount of water going into the septic system. Repair dripping faucets and leaking toilets. Run washing machines and diswashers only when full. Avoid long showers. Consider replacing plumbing fixtures with water-saving features.
DO learn the location of your septic system. Avoid constructing patios, decks, and paved surfaces over your system.
DO divert roof drains and surface water away from your system. Keep sump pump water and house footing drains away from the septic system.
DO take leftover household hazardous chemicals to an approved location and do not dump these products into your system.
DO be sure to have a healthy grass cover on the drain field area, but avoid planting shrubs and trees as the roots can damage the septic system tiles.
DON'T allow anyone to drive or park on any part of your system.
DON'T make repairs to your system without obtaining a permit from the County Health Department.
DON'T use septic tank additives. These products usually do not help and some contain chemicals that can hurt your system or pollute the environment. Human sewage has plenty of microorganisms to do the job of breaking down sludge!
DON'T use your septic system as a trash can. Avoid flushing into your septic system grease, disposable diapers, plastics, cigarette butts, excessive toilet paper, kitty litter, tampons, condoms --- you get the idea! These items do not degrade and will fill up the tank quickly, costing you more in pumping fees or allowing sludge to clog the absorption field.