Septic System Do’s & Don’ts

What To Do

  • Before installing a garbage disposal unit. it is advisable that you check your local regulatory agency or Green Pastures Septic Service to ensure that your septic system can process this additional waste input.
  • Not all additives are good for your septic system and it is best to check with your local health department first.
  • Consider your water usage and ensure that excessive water is not entering the system. Try water conservation to preserve your septic system.
  • Monitor what kind of chemicals you allow to enter the septic system as these can present many problems. You should try to use moderate strength cleaners for your laundry and bathroom.
  • Before allowing a water softener backwash into the septic system, it is advisable you check with your local regulatory agency or with Green Pastures Septic Service.
  • It is a good practice to keep records of permit issued, repairs, pumping, inspections and upgrades to your system.
  • It is advisable that you familiarize yourself with the layout of your septic system such as where the septic tank, drain field and clean-out ports are located. It would also be very helpful if you can sketch the layout and keep it with your important records.
  • Periodic inspections and septic tank pump-out are advised. Check with Green Pastures Septic Services for more information.
  • Ensure that only grass is planted over and near your septic system. You would be amazed to see how far tree roots can spread and how easily it can destroy your septic system.

What Not To Do

  • Your septic system is meant for “soft” degradable waste and not for items such as wet wipes, feminine hygiene products, diapers, cotton swabs, cigarette butts, condoms, coffee grounds, cat litter, paper towels, latex, dental floss, pesticides, metallic or plastic objects, paint or other hazardous chemicals.
  • Avoid using corrosive drain cleaners to open a clogged drain. Just because it is sold in your local hardware or plumbing store does not mean it is good for your septic system. Try using very hot water and a drain snake which could open clogged drains.
  • The soil over your drain field is supposed to be able to “breathe” as part of the waste water distribution process so do not park vehicles or drive over the drain field area as this can damage your system.
  • As previously mentioned, do not plant trees on or near the septic system as the roots can quickly spread and destroy your system.