Taking Care of Your Septic

Top 10 Ways to Be a Good Septic Owner

  • Have your system inspected every three years by a qualified professional or according to your state/local health department's recommendation.
  • Have your septic tank pumped, when necessary, generally every three to five years
  • Avoid pouring harsh products (e.g., oils, grease, chemicals, paint, medications) down the drain
  • Discard non-degradable products in the trash (e.g., floss, disposable wipes, cat litter) instead of flushing them
  • Keep cars and heavy vehicles parked away from the drain field and tank
  • Follow the system manufacturer's directions when using septic tank cleaners and additives
  • Repair leaks and use water-efficient fixtures to avoid overloading the system
  • Maintain plants and vegetation near the system to ensure roots do not block drains
  • Use soaps and detergents that are low- or phosphate-free
  • Prevent system freezing during cold weather by inspecting and insulating vulnerable system parts (e.g., the inspection pipe and soil treatment area)