A septic system is a major investment in your property. In order protect your investment and lengthen the lifespan of your system, it must be properly operated and maintained.
Proper operation and maintenance of your system involves a number of principles outlined below.
- fixing leaky toilets and faucets to avoid overloading the system.
- spreading out laundry throughout the week and not just on one day.
- keeping ground water (such as sump pumps or rainwater) from entering the system.
- do not flush chemicals, diapers, feminine products, plastics or grease.
- reduce organic loading from garbage disposals (consider composting).
- Rinse filter (if present) into tank twice each year - consider adding one if not present.
- pump out tank when solids reach 1/3 the depth of the normal operating water level.
Septic Additives: Information from the Environmental Protection Agency indicates that septic tank additives are not normally needed, and may actually cause harm to and shorten the lifespan of your system.
For more information or help in answering your questions, contact the Boone County Health & Sanitation Department at 515-433-0506.