Good Habits Promote Long Septic System Life
- Slow draining toilets and fixtures.
- Sewage back-up.
- Strong odors from the system.
- Puddles or seepage in the leaching area.
Help extend the life of your septic system
- Conserve water, fix leaky toilets and/or faucets.
- Do not discard cigarette butts, disposable diapers, sanitary napkins, cat litter, paper towels, coffee grounds or cloth into the system.
- Do not discharge backwash from a water softener into the system.
- Do not put bleach, ammonia or strong disinfectant into the system.
Avoid using a garbage disposal.
- Do not plant trees, put an above-ground pool, shed, pave over the top of, or park vehicles on your leach field.
- If your septic tank has an effluent filter it should be inspected annually and
cleaned in accordance with manufacturer’s directions.
- Do not remove the filter if the water level in the tank is above the filter.
- Spread out wash loads throughout the week and avoid long showers.
- Check the septic tank annually and have it pumped when there is more than a foot of solids, or at minimum every.three years.
- Do not use liquid fabric softener, use fabric softener dryer sheets.
- Do not let water collect over, or put drainage swales over the leachfield.
- Keep a copy of your septic system’s “as-built” in a safe location (on the wall where your sewer pipe exits the house). This gives the location of your septic tank clean-out.
- Do not connect footing drains or a pool drain into the septic system.
If you have any questions about septic system care, replacement or installation, contact Kozyra Construction. With a project this important, that’s assurance you are dealing with an established, reputable contractor for this important investment in your property.