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MAINTENANCE TIPS

Septic system maintenance is simple:

bullet Every 1 to 2 years have a licensed septic system pumper pump the solids from the tank.
bullet Water conservation is very important.
bullet Knowing what not to flush is important. Do not use the septic system for disposal of anything that can easily be put into the trash. This only adds to the solids build up that will eventually need to be pumped out.
bullet Avoid grinding up food scraps, coffee grounds, and disposing of grease and cooking oils down the drains.
bullet Use toilet paper that is biodegradable and approved for use in septic systems by the National Sanitation Foundation.
bullet Don't pour harmful chemicals or cleansers into the system. Paints, varnishes, thinners, waste oils, photographic solutions, and pesticides can destroy the biological action in the system and pollute the environment.
bullet Don't attempt to repair the septic system without obtaining the required health department permits and when making repairs use a licensed septic contractor.
bullet Use appropriate caution when inspecting the septic system. Toxic gases from tanks can kill in minutes so hire a professional.
bullet Prompt repairs of leaking plumbing can prevent excessive water usage that will shorten the ability of the septic system to function.
bullet High-efficiency toilets, showerheads and faucet aerators can reduce water usage by as much as 40%.

Septic systems last an average of 20 years. A properly constructed and maintained system can last longer. A system that is not maintained and or misused can fail in 2 years or less. Regular maintenance protects the investment and avoids replacement costs. Maintenance also protects the health of your family, the community and the environment. Replacing a failing septic system can cost from $3,000 to $15,000 compared to the $150 to $250 that it costs to have the system inspected and pumped out. When systems fail, inadequately treated household waste water is released into the environment. This can contaminate nearby wells, ground water, and drinking water sources. Any contact with untreated human waste can pose significant health risks.

        


 

   
        


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