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Divert Rainwater From the Septic Drainfield
  • A soggy drainfield won't absorb and neutralize liquid waste.
  • Plan landscaping, roof gutters and foundation drains so that excess water is diverted away from the septic drainfield.

    Don't Overload the Septic Tank and Drainfield

  • Check faucets and toilets for leaks; make repairs if necessary.
  • Use aerators on faucets and flow reducer nozzles on showers to help lower water consumption.
  • Reduce water levels for small loads of laundry.
  • Wait until the dishwasher is full to run it.
  • Use a displacer to reduce the amount of water needed to flush the toilet.
  • Keep Trees Away from the Septic System
  • Discourage root damage by keeping trees at least 100 feet away from the septic system.
  • Trees with very aggressive roots, such as willows, should be even farther away from the system.

    The Toilet Isn't a Garbage Disposal
    Never flush cat litter, disposable diapers, sanitary napkins, tampons, paper towels, facial tissues, coffee grounds, or cigarette butts and filters.
    They'll clog your septic tank in less time than you might imagine.

    Avoid Hazardous Chemicals
    Varnish, paint thinners, motor oils, gasoline and other similar chemicals can ruin your system and are a hazard to groundwater. Dispose of them properly.

    Protect the System from Damage

  • Do not drive over the drainfield, build a structure on top of it, or cover it with concrete or asphalt.
  • Do plant grass on the drainfield to minimize soil erosion.

    Perform Regular Maintenance
    New regulations require that your septic system be professionally pumped or cleaned, every two years.

    Never attempt to open a septic tank yourself. Gases and bacteria in it are dangerous.

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