Septic System Maintenance
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
#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
#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!
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
#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
||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
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
#27. Never flush toxic materials such as pesticides into
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
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
Thank You again for letting us be of service to you. Experience
and reliability does count.