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Septic System Maintenance

Proper maintenance of your septic system is vital to it's health. One of the worst problems you can have to drain field failure is to be using too much water. If you have a leaking toilet it can put thousands of gallons of water in the tank and drain field. each month. Check your water meter out front. If it is turning and nothing is running inside, YOU HAVE A PROBLEM. Correct it first. Many times a leaking toilet has been the cause of replacing a drain field.

Do’s and Don’ts for septic system maintenance.

Our natural body wastes creates the correct kind of bacteria for the septic tank to work. It is not necessary to use additives in the septic system. Here are some good guidelines.

#1. If you are not now using you should seriously consider changing to a liquid detergent for your laundry. Powered soap has a tendency to cake once it gets into the tank.

#2. You should keep the introduction of bleaches to an absolute minimum.

#3. You should never put grease or oils down into the septic, it collects in the system.

#4. You should not wash your dog or pets in the bathtub. The special soaps and conditioners along with hair, makes it tough for the natural bacteria to digest.

#5. Do not flush unused prescriptions down into the system. They have a negative effect on the natural bacteria working there.

#6. It is not necessary to put special additives into the system. They're advertised in stores & on TV. Most are just saw dust.

#7. Using high volumes of water will create premature failure of the septic system.

#8. It is not necessary to run the water while you are brushing your teeth. Conserve it!

Drain field and septic tank system maintenance

Large section of root removed from a drainfield pipe. Plant with caution.

#9. Use the dishwasher sparingly and only run full loads, they use a lot of water.

#10. Don’t do your laundry all in one day. Spread it out over the week to give your drainfield a chance to rest. Each load can put 35-75 gallons into the tank at one time.

#11. Listen and watch for silent leaks in the commode. These can be a killer for excess water getting into the tank and drainfield. Check your meter out front. If it is turning and everything in the house is shut off, you have a leakage problem.

#12. It is not necessary to add yeast to the system. If you had toast for breakfast, ate a sandwich for lunch or drank a beer last night, the system will get yeast. Think about it! Let our natural body waste make the bacteria.

#13. Using the garbage disposal should be kept to a minimum. The septic system does not like ground up chicken bones, egg shells, hearts of lettuce, pineapple centers, citrus skins. and etc. It likes food that has gone through our bodies first. (See attached sheet).

#14. Cigarette butts down the drain will cause blockage in the filter where the liquids exit into the drainfield. I can attest to this personally from one of our rental units.

#15. Trees and roots in and around the tank and drainfield are real killers. We have seen some real horror stories that have caused havoc with the system.

#16. It is not necessary to have a sprinkler over the drainfield. It will get green and stay green if the system is working properly.

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Clogged Septic Filter

Here is an example of a completely clogged septic tank filter. Septic tank filters should be cleaned out at least once per year to for proper filtration maintenance.

By performing regular clean-outs and other basic maintenance, you are promoting a trouble-free septic system for years to come.

#17. Keep the sky above the drainfield open as much as possible. 80% of the evaporation of the drainfield comes from the sun, let it do its job.

#18. Do not let your downspouts from the roof run off into the drainfield area.

#19. Never drive vehicles over the tank or drainfield.

#20. Remember the body waste from our bodies is all that is necessary to create the natural bacteria that will literally eat the solids in the tank, turning them into liquids and gasses. Anything foreign that we put into the system will kill these natural bacteria, which in the long run will create more sludge and could cause a blockage and failure.

#21. We highly recommend having the tank pumped on a three (3) to five (5) year cycle. This is just good septic system maintenance.

#22. Try and find a toilet tissue that easily dissolves in water. Experiment: put a couple pieces in a clear glass and shake it up. If the paper stays in one piece consider changing your buying habits.

#23. Don’t put sanitary napkins or paper towels down the toilet. They plug up the tank.

#24. Don’t flush leftover food or scraps of food from the table down the drain.

#25. Never dump hobby or home industry chemicals.

#26. Never allow waste from water softeners to enter the system.

#27. Never flush toxic materials such as pesticides into the system.

The aggregate system that we use is still the best proven in the long run for a drainfield. They have been known, and in use since Roman times. If you take care of them you should have many years of trouble free use.

The new alternative systems have not shown any long lasting ability to be reliable. Believe me! One of these systems disperse the water through a dog house (chamber) system shaped pipe that drains directly into the ground, not passing through rock. Consequently the ground below this pipe becomes saturated extremely fast, causing premature failure of the total septic system.

Another disperses the water out of the pipe into more pipes before exiting directly into the ground, again not going through rock.

Another system disperses the water though a pipe wrapped in chunks of Styrofoam, then exiting directly into the ground, not through rocks.

You ask why rocks? Because it has proven for hundreds of years to be the best type of filter in which water can flow through as it moves into the sand below the drain field.

Don’t be mislead by the fact other alternative systems will hold 40% more volume of water. Why would you want a small underground septic pond in your front yard?

The idea is to disperse the water through the rock into the sand and then into the ground not to hold it there. Our type of system has been doing this for hundreds of years.

We also use a system of pipe layout assuring you of “Equal Distribution™”® of the water in the drain field. What we do is make sure that when the drain field. gets water it comes out through all of the hole openings in the pipe. So the complete drain field. is getting dosed at once. Not just one end, as all other systems do.

We not only check the drain field. with a laser as we are digging for the correct depth. We laser the pipe before and after the rock is installed Assuring you of a quality job.

Thank You again for letting us be of service to you. Experience and reliability does count.


Septic System FAQs

We are pleased to offer a few articles we have written over the past several years. We hope they might offer tips and answers to questions or issues you may have in regards to septic tanks, septic systems and drain fields. Please contact us directly with specific questions for a personal consultation.

Septic System FAQs
Smart Septic Systems
Going Green
Aggregate Rock System
Equal Distribution™
Pre-Contract Checklist
Septic Systems 101
Septic System Maintenance
Bio-Mat 101
Flushing Medication
Facts and Folklore
Pipe and Rock System
Septic Tank Installation
What is OSTDS?
Fat, Oil and Grease
Septic Industry Problems?
Sewer or Septic System?
Time to Take the Gloves Off!
Failing Septic Systems
Eye Opening Definitions
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