Dos & Don’ts
Dos & Dont’s for a Healthy Septic System
- The Septic Tank and Drain Field must be sized and installed correctly in order to function properly.
- Do not let food matter go down the drain when washing dishes.
- Do not “Feed” your septic system by flushing meat, buttermilk, yeast, vegetables, etc. down your drain. This overloads your septic system.
- Do not let faucets or toilets drip or run. Continually running extra water can overload or “water log” your drain field.
- Do not use strong chemicals such as Drain-O, Red Devil, or Liquid Plumber to unclog your drain. This will kill the good bacteria in your septic system. Use a snake or a bacteria enzyme drain opener.
- Do not pour Fats, Oils, or Grease down your drain. ”FOGS” will CLOG.
- Do not use toilet tank tablets or liquids to clean your toilet. These strong chemicals kill good bacteria in your septic system.
- Any product that says it sanitizes, sterilizes, disinfects, kills germs or is anti-bacterial should be avoided when possible. These products kill the bacteria in your septic system. Dead bacteria = Non-working septic system = PROBLEMS = REPAIRS.
- Do not flush any diapers, cigarettes, plastic-rubber products, baby/hand wipes, paper towels, or feminine hygiene products down your toilet. These products never break down.
- Use your garbage disposal sparingly. Frequent use of your garbage disposal fills your septic tank with sludge. Dispose of food matter in a garbage can or compost pit.
- Have your septic tank pumped out every 3-5 years to prevent sludge build up which leads to drain field failure.
- Do monthly septic maintenance by adding the right type of bacteria to your septic system by way of your toilet or kitchen drain. Adding this bacteria helps replace the bacteria you have been killing with normal household cleaning chemicals.