can a septic system be kept in good working order?
Good Septic system habits
By having a professional pumper remove the
solids and scum from the tank on a regular basis, at least every three
By eliminating the use of "starters", cleaners,
degreasers, and other additives the can kill the "friendly" bacteria that
are already working for you for free.
By maintaining adequate vegetation over the
drainfield to make use of the discharge water.
By keeping surface water from standing (ponding)
above the drainfield.
By keeping vehicles and equipment that can
compact the soil off the drainfield.
By conserving water.
Winterize your septic system (see article
on frozen septic systems).
How to tell if your septic
system is failing:
Using low-phosphate dishwasher and laundry
Use toilet tissue that breaks up easily when
Do not deposit coffee grounds, cooking fats,
facial tissue, diapers, tampons, wet strength towels, or cigarette butts.
Eliminate or minimize the use of a garbage
Keep hazardous household waste out of the
Use Potassium Chloride pellets in your water
softener to keep sodium chloride out of your septic system.
Sewage backs up in your drains or toilets.
It may be black with a bad odor. (It always happens when you have guests.)
Sluggish toilet flushing. Even if you
use plungers or drain cleaners, drains may continue to be slower than usual.
Wet areas or water seepage near the drainfield.
It may or may not have an odor.
Excessive growth of aquatic vegetation
in the lake near your home. Incomplete treatment of nutrient rich water
seeping into the ground promotes this growth.
Unpleasant odors around your home.
This may result from either an improper venting system or a filing septic
Bacteria or nitrates found in your well
water. This indicates a serious water contamination problem that may
come from your own failing system or your neighbors.
Biodegradable dye flushed through your
system shows up in the lake.
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