INFORMATION FOR HOMEOWNERS
Q: How do I maintain a good working septic system? What do you advise?
- Do not put anything heavy on the ground over your tank or drain field like a shed, parked car or RV, cement, asphalt, or above ground pool. This can damage the tank and pipes and compromise the effectiveness of the drain field.
- Flush RID down your toilet every few months.
- Cut down all large trees and shrubs near tank and drain (leach field). Roots can invade and damage pipes and the septic tank.
DO NOT FLUSH:
- Dental Floss
- Feminine hygiene products
- Cigarette butts
- Cat litter
- Coffee grounds
- Paper towels
- Household Chemicals
- Grease or Paint
- If you flush Wet Wipes, be sure they are safe for septics.
Q: Is it true that I should not use a garbage disposal?
If you have a garbage disposal, you should use it sparingly. A garbage disposal can clog the drain field. This leads to more waste water.
Q: I just bought my house, and I don’t know the last time the septic was pumped, because the seller didn’t disclose it. How long should I wait until I have it pumped?
You will want to discuss this with Race, but it is advisable that you call us to come out and inspect the tank. If it needs to be pumped, we can take care of it for you immediately, so as to prevent any septic problems with your new home.
You should pump your septic every few years,depending on your family or household occupants. Be sure to let Race know how many occupants are in your home or space, and how long it has been since it was last pumped. Race can advise on how long you can wait until your next septic pumping. For the few hundred dollars it will cost you, this can save on extensive damages later on, should your septic become clogged and back up into your house. Prevent a disaster by having your septic pumped.
As a general rule, if you have a 1,000 gallon tank with 4 people in your household, (and no garbage disposal) it is recommended that you have your tank pumped every 2-3 years. A household with only 2 people can wait 4-5 years between pumpings.
A garbage disposal may increase the frequency you will need your tank pumped.
When you get your tank pumped, an inspection can be done to be sure it’s in good working condition.