In order to make sure your septic system lasts a lifetime, let’s talk about ways to keep your system in good shape. Minus a few maintain here and there, you really only need to worry about septic pumping and septic inspections.
You should never flush down cigarette butts, tampons, diapers, and coffee grounds. Yes, some homeowners with a septic system have tried diapers. These items don’t breakdown or breakdown too slowly and negatively impact your septic tank.
Reduce use of your garbage disposal system. If you can throw your scraps in the trash, it will decrease large volumes of solid waste that your tank would have to process.
Reduce household chemicals that go down the drain. Disinfecting cleaners like 409 sprays can kill the bacteria that are in a septic tank. A septic system can handle some use of these products, but we encourage you to use them less in your drains.
The bacteria in your septic tank cannot break down any synthetic fibers. If synthetic lint fibers reach your septic tank when you wash clothes, it will just build up.
Avoid having large trees or bushes near your septic system. This can damage your drain-field.
Do not drive or park on the drain-field. This will prevent effluent from seeping out of the soil or gravel while depriving oxygen of the bacteria.