Do Flush Rules

Caring for your home septic system doesn’t have to be complicated. In fact, if you follow a few simple maintenance tips, you can save a lot of trouble.

4 Key Elements

Regular Pumping & Inspections

Water Management

Proper Waste Disposal

Drain Field Maintenance

Do

  • Use water efficiently to avoid overloading the septic system. Be sure to repair leaky faucets or toilets.
  • If you have garbage disposal unit use it very sparingly or pump your septic tank more often because this waste does not get get broken down in the septic tank.
  • Use commercial bathroom cleaners and laundry detergents in moderation. To prevent the killing of bacteria in the septic tank clean your toilets, sinks, and showers with mild detergent or baking soda which will not harm your tank.
  • Keep records of repairs, pumping, inspections, permits issued, and any other system maintenance activities.
  • Learn the location of your septic tank. This is important to know because if you park vehicles on any part of your septic system it can compact the soil in your drainfeild or damage the pipes, tank, or other septic system components.
  • Have septic system inspected by a licensed inspector to learn the condition of your system.
  • Plant only grass over and near your septic system. Roots from nearby trees or shrubs might clog and damage drainfeild.

Don't

  • Feminine Hygiene Products
  • Condoms
  • Paper Towels
  • Diapers
  • Baby Wipes or Any Flushable Wipes
  • Dental Floss
  • Cleaning Chemicals
  • Sponges
  • Q-Tips
  • Cotton Balls
  • Liquid or Tablet Medication
  • Cigarette Butts
  • Band-Aids
  • Cat Litter
  • Hair Clippings
  • Chewing Gum
  • Paint/Paint Thinner
  • Pills or Liquid Medication
  • Cooking Oils & Grease
  • Coffee Grounds
  • Egg Shells

Remember, there are living organisms in your septic tank treating and digesting the waste.

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What you flush down the toilet and pour down the sink can kill the helpful bacteria and harm the overall lifespan of your septic system.

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