Septic System Do’s and Don’ts

If you want to your septic system to last long and avoid getting headaches from it in the near future, you must follow certain measures

Follow these septic system do’s and don’ts to care for your home, health, property value and environment.

Do’s:

  • Make it a point to have your septic tank inspected and pumped when necessary by professionals every three years.
  • When doing the laundry, make sure that you spread the loads throughout the week. Washing all the laundry at once can be harmful to your septic system.
  • Try using liquid laundry detergent. It is better to use this because powdered detergents use clay which can cause buildup of solids in the septic tanks.
  • Transfer grease into a container for it to harden and be thrown in the trash.
  • Remove the trees with huge roots near the leach field. Its roots can clog the system.
  • Keep a permanent record indicating the location of the key parts of your septic system as future reference for proper maintenance.
  • Be more efficient with using water by fixing plumbing leaks.

Don’ts

  • Don’t throw garbage into your septic systems.
  • Don’t excessively use chemicals as they will disrupt the growth of certain bacteria that helps in the decomposition of wastes in the septic systems.
  • Don’t plant trees near your drain.
  • Don’t drive heavy vehicles on the drain field. These can damage the drain pipes.
  • Don’t let food items such as coffee grounds, oils, fats, meat and vegetables in the septic system.

Following these Do’s and Don’ts will help prolong the lifespan of your septic system. A flooded yard is the last thing we want to have in our homes. And by the way, damaging the septic system can severely damage your finances, too.