Septic Maintenance Tips
Committed to Quality Septic Work
As a service to our customers in Chittenden County and as a general service to those with septic systems, we’re sharing these important septic maintenance tips for properly maintaining and using your septic system. Have an issue or a question? Call us today!
We were founded in 1955. Experience you can trust!
Extend Your Septic System’s Life With the Following Steps
Inspect your tank for signs of sludge buildup and make sure the baffles and tees are in working order
Pump your tank as needed (every two to three years for year-round residences, and every four to five years for seasonal residences), and keep a written record for yourself or the future owner
Compost food garbage or put it in the trash
Keep grease can handy; do not pour grease down your sink
Mark your septic system so you can protect it from vehicles and encroaching trees and shrubs
Conserve water; install water-saving devices, such as low-flow faucet and shower heads
Use non-toxic cleaning products, such as baking soda to scrub toilets or boiling water to help clean clogged drains
Contact a site evaluator if your septic system shows signs of failure; contact your local septic or plumbing inspector if you see evidence of other malfunctioning septic systems
Plant shrubs, trees, and grasses downhill from your system to act as a sponge (it will tie up excess nutrients and water as well as prevent soil erosion)
Avoid the Following to Prevent Septic System Repairs
Don’t use a garbage disposal; it adds 50 percent more solids to your system
Don’t pour automotive oil, cooking oil, or grease down the drain
Don’t drive vehicles over the septic system or leach field
Don’t use too much water, especially during rainy, wet seasons when the ground is saturated
Don’t pour paint or paint thinner into your sink
Don’t use drain cleaners and other toxic chemical products
Don’t use chemical or biological septic system cleaners which can plug up leach and ruin your system
Don’t wait! If your septic system shows signs of problems, act immediately. Call today to speak with our professional team. We’re here to help.
Call us for septic pumping and sewer pumping services!