The more information you know about your septic system, the longer your system will
last. Proper maintenance will ensure that your system will perform as designed. Your
septic should be pumped every 2 years; this is the most common cause for system failure.
DO: Know the location and type of each tank and disposal area; always keep your
DO: Have any septic cover accessible; do not park or drive over any part of the
system, do not plant trees or shrubs too close (they can clog or damage the drain
lines and/or tank) and never build anything over the system.
DO: Check with the Health Department for service records, repairs and permits
issued prior to closing.
DO: Use your water wisely to avoid overloading the system; repair leaking faucets
or toilets and divert water sources; such as roof drains and sump pumps.
DON'T: Attempt to repair or inspect the system yourself. Always consult a professional.
DON'T: Use any type of antibacterial soap or harsh cleaning products; household
cleaners can be harmful to the bacteria that is essential for break down. Don't use
powder laundry detergent.