Top Tips for Septic System Maintenance

Follow these septic system care do's and don'ts to benefit the life of your system, your health, your finances and the environment.

| 01/24/2013

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If a septic system is not suitably located, properly designed, carefully installed, and adequately maintained, it can fail. It can also fail if solids clog it.  Failing systems can threaten your family and neighbors' health, reduce the value of your property, and cost a lot of money to repair. They can also contaminate groundwater, lakes, or streams with bacteria, nitrates, viruses, chemicals and chlorides. These routine actions and common issues to keep an eye out for listed below will help you keep your septic system flowing smoothly and safely.

Septic System Care

Record Keeping Keep copies of all system drawings/plans of the site, installed equipment, and service records with all other home appliance documents. Record all applicable information.

Laundry/Water Usage Spread wash loads throughout the week. Instead of liquid fabric softener, dryer sheets should be used. Use low-suds, biodegradable and low phosphate detergents, such as Mighty Mike® from Scienco/FAST (

Leaky Fixtures Large quantities of water are added to your wastewater system when you have leaking fixtures. Timely detection and repair can help to maximize the life of your system, especially the drain field.

Water Softeners The FAST® process may tolerate discharge from properly operating softeners that backwash as needed based on water usage (DIR) vs. timer operated systems, if allowed by your local regulatory authority. However, these discharges can possibly damage other parts of the septic system.

10/17/2017 2:06:39 PM

I didn't see anywhere that mentioned a good septic vent filter to knock down the septic smells that may blow in from the vent pipe. You can put a vent filter on them that works instantly.

1/1/2016 10:49:33 AM

If there is one thing that has to be done, regardless of what your septic system installer says, is that you have, from the house to the tank, your home's septic outflow pipe at a minimum of 6 inch's in diameter, and made from ABS, since PVC is so horribly prone to frost heaving and cracking. Most installer go with the 'local code requirement's' as an excuse to go cheap, and rip you off. Minimum code is an excuse for cheap, and cheap is not what you want for a septic system. Get the septic outflow pipe, from the house to the tank, 6 inch's, to improve flow rate's and allow for the usual holiday's 'family invasion and use of the bathroom's. And tell, not allow for 'Installer's discretion' by the installer's, the installer what you want, and make it a part of the installation contract. Then at least you've got some protection's when ad if the septic tank goes bad. If the installer balk's and cry's 'Well that's not what we do', FIRE THEM, ON THE SPOT, and find a Contractor that will do what you tell them you want done that's over and above the 'local code' excuse. Once the local contractor's start seeing this you'll find those Contractor's that do bid on your septic field project a lot more attentive to what you need, and understand why. Same for using ABS. PVC, in New England, is a joke in septic field's as it shatter's with frost heave. ABS is far more resistant to heaving, and cheaper in the long run as well.

1/1/2016 9:13:37 AM

"For large quantities of food, please dispose of in the garbage" I surprised MEN didn't say to compose your food.

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