You can take all of the hassle out of your septic system by following the below do’s and don’ts and arranging for regular maintenance of your septic system.
Do not …
- Over load the system. Keep water consumption to a minimum – it is better to do two loads each day then to do 8 loads in one day.
- Allow excess amounts of grease or fat to enter the system – it can congeal and cause obstructions
- Allow the discharge from any water treatment to enter the system
- Flush down inorganic material i.e. rubber products, plastics, sanitary napkins
- Use large amounts of laundry soaps, detergents, bleach, drain cleaners. Note – recommended quantities should not adversely affect the system.
- Educate your family to proper use of the system
- Check for and repair faucet leaks
- Setup and adhere to a sound system of inspection and cleaning
- Simplify inspection and cleaning by installing a riser just below ground level if the tank is more then a foot below the ground. It is code in Nova Scotia to install risers over the access cover if the tank is deeper then 12″ below ground level.
- Do inspect outlet baffles because they are important as they stop the solids from entering the leach fields.
- Keep accurate records about locating and cleaning of system in the permanent house file so this information can be passed on to the next owner.