Septic System Don’ts

AVOID USING GARBAGE DISPOSALS
Garbage disposal use can cause premature drainfield. Disposals add minute particles of solids and grease to your system, requiring more frequent pumping.  A screened outlet baffle is strongly recommended with the use of a garbage disposal.

DON’T USE SEPTIC TANK ADDITIVES OR ‘MIRACLE’ SYSTEM CLEANERS
Some of these chemicals can actually harm your system by allowing solids  to flow into and clog the drainfield.  These chemicals can also contaminate ground and surface water.

DON’T DISPOSE WATER FROM HOT TUBS, WATER SOFTENERS, ETC INTO THE SYSTEM
Large volumes of water are harmful to the system and chemicals such as chlorine can destroy important ‘good’ bacteria necessary for a healthy system.  Drain hot tubs, pools, etc onto the ground away from the septic system and not into storm drains.

DON’T DISPOSE OF SOLID WASTE INTO THE SYSTEM
You should never dispose of solids such as diapers, baby wipes, cigarette butts, coffee grounds, feminine products, condoms, hypodermic needles or grease info your system.  Solids improperly disposed into a septic system can cause various problems such as clogs and back-ups and can require more frequent pumping and potentially cause damage to the drainfield system.

DON’T PUT STRONG CHEMICALS DOWN THE DRAIN
Household chemicals such as drain cleaners, paint thinner, floor cleaner and bleach can destroy important ‘good’ bacteria in your septic system and potentially contaminate ground and surface water.

DON’T PLACE PATIOS, CARPORTS, LANDSCAPE, PLASTIC OR DEEP ROOTED PLANT MATERIAL OVER THE SEPTIC TANK OR DRAINFIELD
Structures such as decks and carports can limit or prevent necessary access to your system.  Additionally, compacted soils or solid surfaces like concrete, blacktop or plastic prevent oxygen from getting into the soil.  This oxygen is needed by bacteria to help break down and treat sewage.  Landscape plants and their root systems can not only limit access but cause serious root intrusion damage.  Grass is the best groundcover for your setic and drainfield areas.