Maintaining Septic Systems

Proper use and maintenance is critical to protecting your septic system’s function and longevity. Abusing your system by rinsing and flushing materials and substances that your system isn’t designed to handle can damage your system. Investing in regular maintenance from qualified service providers can save you thousands of dollars in the long run, and prevent unexpected costly repairs and replacements.

You can protect your septic system by following these quick tips provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

USEPA Do your part be septic smart infographic showing tips for maintaing a system

Think at the Sink!

Learn what not to put down your kitchen sink (such as fats, oils, or greases), how to properly dispose of food waste, and how to use cleaning supplies in moderation.

USEPA Septic Smart Think at the sink infographic

Don’t Strain Your Drain!

Learn about the importance of using water efficiently, staggering water use of water based appliances, and using energy efficient appliances.

USEPA Don't strain your drain infographic

Don’t Overload the Commode!

Learn about what can be flushed down the toilet, and what should be thrown in the trash.

USEPA Don't overload the commode infographic

Shield Your Field!

Learn about your septic system’s drainfield, including how it works, and tips to take care of it.

USEPA Shield your Field infographic

Keep It Clean!

Learn about the importance of testing your well water, and its relationship to your septic system.

USEPA Keep it Clean infographic

Regular preventative maintenance can keep your system at peak function for a long time

Pump Your Tank!

Learn about a typical septic tank pump-out service, and how a septic tank works.

Protect It and Inspect It!

Learn about a typical septic system inspection, how often an inspection should be performed, and considerations for advanced systems.

Have questions related to septic system maintenance?

Check out our collection of factsheets and other resources page

Learn more about how septic systems work

Read our advice on how to hire a wastewater professional to inspect, pump or maintain an existing system. We also describe how to go about finding a professional to design and/or install a new system or repair/replace an existing system.