Do's & Don'ts
These helpful tips will guide you to the proper maintenance of your tank.

Out of sight, out of mind. Pumping your septic tank is one of the easiest home maintenance tasks to forget about – the tanks are buried, and the access port is usually covered in dirt and hard to access. However, this important maintenance task will help you avoid smelly and expensive septic tank or drain field repairs. If they are regularly pumped, septic tanks can last decades and provide reliable sewage treatment.

Here are some tips on how to best maintain your septic tank and septic system:

Do’s

Clearly mark where your septic tank lids are located. This will save you the additional cost of having the septic company locate the tank and lids.

Install risers if your tank is not within 6 inches of the surface (current code requirements). Bringing your tank lids to the surface saves the additional rates to uncover the lids to your tank.

Eliminate the use of your garbage disposal. Septic systems are designed to breakdown digested waste efficiently but are not efficient at breaking down undigested matter.

Properly dispose of coffee grounds & food. These items should be placed in your trash can and should never be disposed of in the sink or garbage disposal.

Put grease in a container to harden before discarding in the trash. Over time, grease that has been disposed of in the sink can accumulate and create a blockage in your system. This could lead to a backup of sewage into your home. Yuck!

Only flush the 3 Ps. Pee, Poo, and (toilet) Paper are the only items that should ever be flushed. All other items should be disposed of in the trash can.

Only plant grass near your tank and drain field. Grassroots are not as invasive as other plants. Therefore, they are the only type of plants that we recommend to be around your septic tank and drain field.

Stagger the use of water-generating appliances. This can be helpful especially if your system has not been pumped in a long time. Using the shower, washing machine and dishwasher should be spread throughout the day. We recommend spreading laundry loads throughout the week. This will prevent the system from being overloaded with water.

Become more water-efficient by fixing plumbing leaks and consider installing bathroom and kitchen faucet aerators and water-efficient products.

Don’ts

Clearly mark where your septic tank lids are located. This will save you the additional cost of having the septic company locate the tank and lids.

Install risers if your tank is not within 6 inches of the surface (current code requirements). Bringing your tank lids to the surface saves the additional rates to uncover the lids to your tank.

Eliminate the use of your garbage disposal. Septic systems are designed to breakdown digested waste efficiently but are not efficient at breaking down undigested matter.

Properly dispose of coffee grounds & food. These items should be placed in your trash can and should never be disposed of in the sink or garbage disposal.

Put grease in a container to harden before discarding in the trash. Over time, grease that has been disposed of in the sink can accumulate and create a blockage in your system. This could lead to a backup of sewage into your home. Yuck!

Only flush the 3 Ps. Pee, Poo, and (toilet) Paper are the only items that should ever be flushed. All other items should be disposed of in the trash can.

Only plant grass near your tank and drain field. Grassroots are not as invasive as other plants. Therefore, they are the only type of plants that we recommend to be around your septic tank and drain field.

Stagger the use of water-generating appliances. This can be helpful especially if your system has not been pumped in a long time. Using the shower, washing machine and dishwasher should be spread throughout the day. We recommend spreading laundry loads throughout the week. This will prevent the system from being overloaded with water.

Become more water-efficient by fixing plumbing leaks and consider installing bathroom and kitchen faucet aerators and water-efficient products.