Have your septic system or aerobic system pumped out by a reputable waste hauler
every 3 to 5 years depending on the tank size and usage.
Keep ant poison around the air pump housing and the tank lids. Ants will get into
the electrical components and cause pump failure.
Never pour chemicals down the drains such as paint, pesticides, solvents or caustic
drain openers. These chemicals kill the enzymes and bacteria that are necessary for
your system to work properly.
Try to do laundry daily and not all at once so that you don’t overload the system.
Non-biodegradable material such as cat box litter, hair, disposable diapers, sanitary
napkins, egg shells, and coffee grounds are not attacked by enzymes or bacteria.
These materials settle to the bottom and will decrease the capacity of the tank
and must be removed. Toilet paper is okay. It will degrade.
Avoid letting large amounts of grease or oils into the tank. Grease is one of the
hardest materials for your system to process. Grease and oils also will combine with
soap and laundry detergents to form a scum that is very hard to decompose. Use garbage
disposals as little as possible because they add extra solids to the tank. Large
solids, such as cigarette butts, paper towels, and condoms should be placed in the
Avoid cleaning products going down the drain. The same is true of household products
such as chlorine bleaches. Chlorine kills the enzymes and bacteria. These types
of products should be avoided. Use alternative products as much as possible.
Swimming pool chlorine is illegal and dangerous to use in your septic system. Only
use chlorine that is labeled for residential wastewater. Call or E-mail us, your
maintenance provider or installer if you have any questions. Most hardware stores
in rural areas have the correct chlorine. If needed we can sell
you a 10 pound bucket for $85 and bring it to your house on our next inspection or
next time we are in area.
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