Don’t- Flush non-degradable products or chemicals, such as feminine hygiene products, condoms, dental floss, diapers, cigarette butts, cat litter, paper towels, pharmaceuticals.
Don’t- Flush or dispose of wipes in your toilet. Even if the wipes are promoted as “septic safe,” they are not safe to flush. They can build a blanket in your tank spreading across both compartments, or even worse, clog your drain field.
Don’t- Dispose of items in your garbage disposal or sink. Do not pour cooking grease or oil down the sink or toilet, rinse coffee grounds into the sink, or pour household chemicals down the sink or flush them.
Don’t- Park or drive on your septic tank or drainfield. The weight can damage the tank or the drain lines.
Don’t- Plant trees or shrubs too close to your drainfield, roots can grow into your system and clog it.
Don’t- Concentrate your water use by using your dishwasher, shower, washing machine, and toilet at the same time. All that extra water can really strain your septic system.
Don’t – Put additives in your septic tank. Additives are unnecessary to the proper operation of household systems and may cause the sludge and scum in the septic tank to be discharged into the leach field, resulting in premature failure. Some additives may actually pollute your groundwater. You do not need to put special additives into your septic system. Those who advertise that they will remove solids from your tank usually do. The solids exit the tank and end up in the disposal field. Once there, the solids seal off the disposal area, and the system malfunctions. Also, although it hurts nothing, it is not necessary to “seed” a new system with yeast, etc. Normal human waste contains enough bacteria for the septic tank, and other microbes are already present in the soil and stones of the disposal area.