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The Do’s and Don’ts of Septic Tank Maintenance

The Do’s and Don’ts of Septic Tank Maintenance

Here are the dos and don’ts of septic tank maintenance. Follow these simple guidelines and keep your system working like a charm.


  • Divert surface runoff water from roofs, patios, driveways and other areas away from your drain field.
  • Have your septic tank pumped regularly. It should also be inspected for leaks, cracks and to make sure the exit baffle is in place.
  • Install lint and effluent filters.
  • Spread out your laundry loads.
  • Compost your garbage or put it in the trash.



  • Use a garbage disposal.
  • These appliances normally double the amount of solids added to the tank!
  • Flush sanitary napkins, disposable diapers or other non-biodegradable products into your system.
  • Dump solvents, oils, paint thinners, disinfectants, pesticides or poisons down the drain as they can disrupt the treatment process and contaminate the groundwater.
  • Dig in your drain field or build anything over it.
  • Drive over your drain field or compact the soil in any way.
  • Plant trees or shrubbery close to the septic system, because the roots can get in the lines and plug them. Grass is the only thing that should be planted on or near a drain field.


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  • Levi Armstrong
    May 24, 2021, 4:21 am REPLY

    I like that we should septic tank pumped regularly and inspect it for leaks and cracks to make sure the exit baffle is in place. My brother noticed her tap water starting to have a brownish color, and we think it is due to leaks in the water pumps or the septic tank. I’ll share this with him later. Thank you.

  • Braden Bills
    May 25, 2021, 12:17 pm REPLY

    I want to make sure that my septic system works properly, but I’m not sure how to go about that. It makes sense that I would want to ensure that I keep it as clean as possible! It might be smart to get someone to clean it out for me every once in a while.

  • kate hansen
    May 27, 2021, 4:52 pm REPLY

    It’s good to know that you should spread out your laundry loads. My husband and I want to look into getting a septic tank. We’ll make sure to keep these tips in mind so that we know how to keep one maintained.

  • Eve Mitchell
    June 2, 2021, 1:06 pm REPLY

    I appreciate your tip about having your septic tank pumped regularly. I am living in an older house and my septic tank probably hasn’t been pumped in years. I am hoping to find a good repairman who can pump it and make sure it’s running smoothly.

  • Eve Mitchell
    June 11, 2021, 11:32 am REPLY

    My husband and I are hoping to get our septic tanked pumped soon because we have no idea how long it’s been. I love your tip about making sure they inspect for leaks and cracks. I would love to find a professional with a pump truck to make the job go faster.


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