Inspect & Maintain Your Septic System

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Septic systems represent a significant financial investment. If cared for properly, a well-maintained septic system will provide years of reliable, low-cost service.

A failing system can become a source of pollution and public health concern, causing ground and surface water pollution (such as well water—both yours and your neighbors). Once your septic system fails

to operate effectively, you may need to replace it, costing you thousands of dollars. Plus, if you sell your home, your septic system must be in good working order. So it makes good sense to care for your septic system.

• Inspect and pump frequently – How often depends on tank size, number of people in your household, volume of water used, and amount of solids entering the system. Generally, pump every 3-5 years.

• Use water efficiently – Too much water from laundry, dishwasher, toilets, baths and showers may not allow enough time for sludge and scum to separate. Use less water and spread tasks like laundry and dishwashing over a period of time.

• Keep chemicals out of your system – Drain openers, paint, pesticides, excessive amounts of bleach.

• Do not discard medications down drains or toilet – Unused prescriptions, antibiotics, etc.

• Don’t flush solids down the toilet or drain – such as, kitty litter, diapers, paper towels, coffee grounds, grease, condoms, etc.