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What you put into your septic system greatly affects its ability to function properly. You need to keep in mind, your septic system contains living organisms that digest and treat the effluent waste.

As a general rule of thumb, DO NOT dispose of anything in your septic system that can just as easily be put in the trash. Septic systems are not designed to be a garbage disposals and solids will build up in the septic tank that, it will need to be pumped more more often. The more solids that go in the septic tank, the more frequently the tank will need to be pumped, the higher the risk that you will have problems with your septic system. Everyone in the household needs to be educated about what is and what should and what should not be disposed in a septic system. You will save yourself a lot of money and headaches, while prolonging the life of your septic system, your family health, property and the environment.

Do's and dont's Septic RX


  1. Know the location and capacity of your septic tank and drain filed capacity.
  2. Have a licensed contractor inspect the tank at least every three years.
  3. Have tank pumped when the combined depth of the sludge and scum equals 1/3 of the tank liquid volume.
  4. Install the system so that rainfall and surface water will flow away from the drain-field.
  5. Grow grass above the system.
  6. Install water conservation fixtures or devices to reduce the total volume of water entering the system.
  7. Keep plumbing fixtures such as toilets and faucets in good repair to prevent leakage and wasting of water.
  1. Never flush paper towels, newspapers, wrapping paper, rags or sticks into the system.
  2. Never allow large, irregular, intermittent or constant volumes of clear water into the system, as with a leaking toilet or faucet.
  3. Never ever......use ordinary household cleaning chemicals that will be flushed into the system.
  4. Never pour out or empty hobby or home industry chemicals into the system.
  5. Never pour out or empty antibiotics into the system.
  6. Never allow grease or other bulky waste to enter the system.
  7. Never flush toxic materials such as pesticides into the system.
  8. Never plant trees or shrubbery in the drain-field.
  9. Never allow vehicles (cars, trucks, etc.) to drive across or park on the drain-field. (Protect it from being crushed.)
  10. Never waste water.
  11. Never use chemical solvents to clean plumbing lines or a septic tank system.