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Septic System Do's and Don'ts

Septic_Process-1.jpgSeptic systems can be a little touchy and a bit hard to get used to, especially if you have never lived in a house that has one. Here are a couple of best practices to follow and tips on what to avoid when living in a home that has a septic system installed.

Common practices for keeping a healthy septic system:

  • Spread out laundry loads; wash one big load per day instead of several small loads in a day

  • Use liquid laundry detergent (stay away from powder/clay-based detergents)

  • Minimize household (toxic) cleaners

  • Keep a permanent record of your septic system's key part locations in case future maintenance is needed

  • Service your septic system regularly

  • Use water-conserving techniques as much as possible

  • Keep a record of all services and maintenance done on your system

  • Remove close plants and trees with large root systems in the immediate route of the septic system's absorption lines

  • Check the interceptor drain on a regular basis

Common objects that should never be disposed in a septic tank:

  • Garbage disposal debris

  • Coffee grounds

  • Paper towels

  • Hand wipes

  • Sanitary napkins (i.e., pads and tampons)

  • Condoms

  • Hair, ponytail holders, and hair nets

  • Bandages

  • Hard toilet paper (soft toilet paper is best)

  • Rags and strings

  • Cigarette butts

  • Trash

Following these common practices will help preserve the longevity of your septic system. There is nothing worse than coming home to a flooded yard, and let's not mention the stench it can put off! Your wallet will also thank you.

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