How long has it been since your septic system was pumped?

If it’s been a while — or if you can’t even remember the last time you had service —  don’t wait any longer. To keep your system running efficiently, we recommend you have your septic system pumped every three years. Regular maintenance can save you a lot of headaches and a lot of money down the road.

While we do have 24-hour emergency service, we’d much rather see you before you have a problem.

Easy things you can do to maintain your septic system — and avoid costly repair.

To maintain your septic system:

  • DO: Have the system inspected and pumped every three to five years.
  • DO: Know the location of the septic system and drain field.
  • DO: Keep a record of all inspections, pumpings, repairs, contract, or engineering work.
  • DO: Grow grass or small plants (not trees or shrubs) above the septic system to hold the drain field in place.
  • DO: Install water-conserving devices in faucets, showerheads, and toilets to reduce water volume.
  • DO: Repair dripping faucets and leaking toilets.
  • DO: Run washing machines and dishwashers only when full, and avoid long showers.
  • DO: Divert roof drains and surface water from driveways and hillsides away from the septic system.
  • DO: Keep sump pumps and house footing drains away from the system.

To avoid costly septic system repair:

  • DON’T: Dump nonbiodegradable material, strong chemicals, or grease into your sink or toilet.
  • DON’T: Use a garbage grinder or disposal if it feeds into the septic tank.
  • DON’T: Plant trees within 30 feet of your system or park/drive over any part of the system.
  • DON’T: Run excessive loads of laundry in your washing machine.
  • DON’T: Use chemical solvents to clean the plumbing or septic system — they can contaminate your groundwater.

To learn more about the do’s and don’ts of septic tank ownership, click here.