Do’s & Don’ts

* Do use environmentally friendly liquid detergents for washing machines and  dishwashers.

* Don’t use liquid fabric softener.

* Do use dryer sheets.

* Don’t pour grease into drains. Grease wont break down and will solidify in your system.

* Do dispose of it in the garbage as solid waste.

* Don’t use garbage disposals as a trash can. Garbage disposals are  to be used for table food scraps. (ex: No corn husks, paper, meat  bones)

* Don’t wait until the weekend to do the whole weeks worth of  laundry.

* Do spread out the laundry over the course of the week, so you don’t over work your drainfield.

* Do use bleach in moderation. Large amounts of chlorine kills the good bacteria needed to maintain a healthy septic system.

* Don’t flush anything that is not septic safe toilet paper or waste down the  toilet. (ex: feminine products and baby wipes)

* Do have your septic tank pumped every 2-3 years as recommended by the State Department of Health.

* Do use biological additives after pump outs or heavy bleaching. Contact your Septic Professional for proper drain treatment.

* Do remember, if its toxic to you… it is also toxic to the septic  system.

Drainfield Do’s and Don’ts

Although your septic tank drainfield generally does not require maintenance, you should adhere to the following rules to protect its functional life:

* Don’t drive over the drainfield with cars, trucks or heavy equipment.

* Don’t plant trees or shrubbery in the drainfield area, because the roots can get into the lines and plug them.

* Don’t cover the drainfield with hard surfaces, such as concrete or asphalt. Grass is the best cover, because it will help prevent erosion and help remove excess water.

* Do divert suface runoff water from roots, patios, driveways and other areas away from the drainfield.

Don’t Flush It

Homeowners wanting to take good care of their septic systems should make note of the following items that should never be flushed down the drain or toilet. These items can overtax or destroy the biological digestion taking place within the system or clog pumps and pipes.

Take care not to flush the following:

  • hair combings, coffee grounds, dental floss, disposable diapers, or kitty litter,
  • sanitary napkins, tampons, cigarette butts, or condoms,
  • gauze bandages, fat, grease, or oil, paper towels,

and NEVER flush chemicals that could contaminate surface and groundwater, such as:

  • paints, varnishes, thinners, waste oils, photographic solutions, or pesticides.