SEPTIC TANKS: THE BASICS
what are septic tanks? Septic tanks are more common in rural areas without centralized sewer systems. A septic system is a series of underground wastewater treatment structures, including a septic tank, that use a combination of nature and time-tested technology to treat wastewater from household plumbing produced by bathrooms, kitchen drains, and laundry.
DOS AND DONTS OF SEPTIC TANKS
The EPA has made several resources available for home owners and business owners that have septic tanks and can be found on https://www.epa.gov/septic. Some of our favorites are these simple one-pagers to download. These are great for posting around the house as reminders for the family and visitors.
Do Your Part, Be Septic Smart - a picture of the house and yard with septic tips including "shield your field."
PROTECT IT AND INSPECT IT
DO: Have your system inspected (in general) every one to three years by a licensed contractor and have the tank pumped, when necessary, generally every three to five years.
HEALTHY SEPTIC TANKS: THINK AT THE SINK
• Pour cooking grease or oil down the sink or toilet.
• Rinse coffee grounds into the sink.
• Pour household chemicals down the sink or flush them.
• Eliminate or limit the use of a garbage disposal.
• Properly dispose of coffee grounds & food.
• Put grease in a container to harden before discarding in the trash.
DON'T OVERLOAD THE COMMODE
• Flush non-degradable products or chemicals, such as tampons, condoms, dental floss, diapers, cigarette butts, cat litter, paper towels, pharmaceuticals.
• Dispose of these items in the trash can!
SEPTIC SYSTEM CARE OUTSIDE: SHIELD YOUR FIELD
• Park or drive on your drainfield. The weight can damage the drain lines.
• Plant trees or shrubs too close to your drainfield, roots can grow into your septic system and clog it.
• Consult a septic service professional to advise you of the proper distance for planting trees and shrubs, depending on your septic tank location.
DON'T STRAIN YOUR DRAIN
• 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.
• Stagger the use of water-generating appliances. This can be helpful especially if your system has not been pumped in a long time.
• Become more water efficient by fixing plumbing leaks and consider installing bathroom and kitchen faucet aerators and water-efficient products.
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For more tips on maintaining the health of your septic system, pumping, cleaning, inspecting or repairing your septic tank, call or text us at (330)391-5551.
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