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)
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.
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.
Don’t Overload the Commode!
Learn about what can be flushed down the toilet, and what should be thrown in the trash.
Shield Your Field!
Learn about your septic system’s drainfield, including how it works, and tips to take care of it.
Keep It Clean!
Learn about the importance of testing your well water, and its relationship to your septic system.
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.