Exercising some preventative care will help your septic system perform better and last longer.

Surface Water

Do not allow roof drains to discharge onto the septic tank, or allow surface water to drain towards the area of the disposal system.

Inspection & Cleaning

The septic tank should be inspected at least once every 3 years, and the tank should be cleaned/pumped out when necessary. At a bare minimum, the tank should be cleaned every 4-5 years. Failure to pump out a septic tank when required may result in sludge or scum being carried over to the disposal field, resulting in soil clogging and complete failure of the system. The tank should not be washed or disinfected after pumping. The cleaning should be performed by professionals familiar with proper procedures and having adequate equipment.

Vents & Accesses

During the winter, airtight caps should be securely fastened on all clean-outs and monitoring pipes. These pipes should also be filled with insulation plugs to help discourage the escape of heat from the soil absorption system.