Septic Do’s and Don'ts

Septic Do’s

  1. DO stay on an annual maintenance schedule to keep buildup of scum and sludge to a minimum
  2. DO keep good records concerning your system
  3. DO repair leaking plumbing fixtures and running toilets
  4. DO conserve water by avoiding long showers. Use washing machines, dishwashers, and other water devices sparingly and spread out the water use whenever possible.
  5. DO divert gutter drains and surface waters away from your system

Septic Don’ts

  1. DON’T use a garbage disposal, this cuts the life expectancy of a septic system in half
  2. DON’T allow anyone to park or drive over your system, because systems are installed at a certain elevation in the ground, and any excess weight could disturb the original design
  3. DON’T dig into your lateral field or build anything over it, it is always a good idea to keep a copy of your property’s septic plan, which can be obtained from your local Board of Health
  4. DON’T make changes or repairs on your own, each system is designed to spec
  5. DON’T use water softeners whenever possible. They dump a lot of salt into the system that kills the “good” bacteria.
  6. DON’T dump non-biodegradable items such as grease, disposable diapers, baby wipes, feminine products, plastics, cigarettes, and food down your toilet or drains.
  7. DON’T dump chemicals such as paint thinner, pesticides, excessive amounts of cleaners, or other hazardous substances into your system