Know Your Septic System
By knowing the answers to these questions, it will be easier to maintain your system and be prepared for regular inspections and maintenance.
The Do's and Don'ts of Maintaining Your Septic System
To get the maximum efficiency and life out of your system, follow these simple tips.
Mind the Signs!
It is important to recognize the signs of a system that is not working properly. Regular inspections and pumping can be costly, but it is minimal to the thousands of dollars to repair a damaged septic system.
- Sewage backing up into your toilets, tubs, or sinks
- Slowly draining fixtures; particularly after it has rained
- The smell or raw sewage accompanied by extremely soggy soil over sewage discharge area or in nearby ditches or woods
- An alarm flashing or beeping in the house or in the yard indicating that the pump is not working properly
- An increase in infections or illnesses associated with swimming in lakes or rivers next to the system
- Water test results indicating the presence of biological contamination or organic chemical contamination in the groundwater under the system
For more information on septic system maintenance, check out our printable resource below!
For more information, please visit the EPA SepticSmart webpage: