INSPECTIONHave your system inspected every 3 years by a reputable septic tank service contractor. When necessary, have your tank pumped out. At a minimum, septic tanks should be pumped out every 3-5 years.
PROLONG THE LIFE OF YOUR SYSTEMMinimize water inputs into your system by installing water-saving fixtures such as low-flow toilets, faucets and shower-heads. Visit EPA's site to learn more. Reduce the use of harsh chemicals that get washed down the drain and into your septic system. The chemicals can actually kill the beneficial bacteria necessary for the breakdown of the wastes entering your system. Dispose of non-degradable items such as fats, oil and grease, hair, tampons and disposable diapers and wipes in the trash. These materials will not break down and can cause clogging and premature failure of your system. Try composting kitchen scraps such as egg shells, coffee grounds, vegetable wastes and other organic kitchen wastes instead of putting them in the garbage disposal. Visit EPA's site for more composting ideas.
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AROUND YOUR SEPTIC SYSTEMPoint your downspouts away from the drainfield. Do not plant shrubs and trees on the drainfield of your septic system. The root systems could interfere with the infrastructure which can lead to premature system failures. Plant only grass over and near your septic system. Don’t drive or park vehicles on any part of your septic system. Doing so can compact the soil in your drainfield or damage the pipes, tank or other septic system components.
SUPPLEMENTS & ADDITIVESSupplements and additives generally do not improve operation of your system. Some may actually harm your system by causing solids to be carried into the drainfield, which causes premature clogging. In addition, supplements containing organic solvents can cause groundwater contamination.
VIDEOS TO WATCHSeptic Systems: Out of Sight, Not out of Mind Septic Systems: insight into your on-site septic system Discovery Channel Dirty Jobs with Mike Rowe – Septic Tank Technician EGLE EnviroMinute – SepticSmart! Septics 101 (Full Course): A Guide to Septic System Maintenance
BROCHURES & RESOURCESDo Your Part - Get Septic Smart Do's and Don'ts of an Advanced Treatment Unit Do's and Don'ts of your Septic System Michigan: Let's Get SepticSmart! New Homebuyer's Guide to Septic Systems Brochure Proper Landscaping On and Around your Septic System Homeowners Guide to Septic Systems Top 10 Ways to Be a Good Septic Owner