Septic Do’s and Don'ts
- DO stay on an annual maintenance schedule to keep buildup of scum and sludge to a minimum
- DO keep good records concerning your system
- DO repair leaking plumbing fixtures and running toilets
- DO conserve water by avoiding long showers. Use washing machines, dishwashers, and other water devices sparingly and spread out the water use whenever possible.
- DO divert gutter drains and surface waters away from your system
- DON’T use a garbage disposal, this cuts the life expectancy of a septic system in half
- 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
- 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
- DON’T make changes or repairs on your own, each system is designed to spec
- DON’T use water softeners whenever possible. They dump a lot of salt into the system that kills the “good” bacteria.
- DON’T dump non-biodegradable items such as grease, disposable diapers, baby wipes, feminine products, plastics, cigarettes, and food down your toilet or drains.
- DON’T dump chemicals such as paint thinner, pesticides, excessive amounts of cleaners, or other hazardous substances into your system