Conserve water usage to reduce the amount of wastewater that needs to be treat by your septic.
Septic pumping is suggested every 3-5 years in order to remove the solids and protect the system.
Keep your septic lid accessible for inspections and pumping. If it is necessary risers and lids can be installed to bring the access points up to grade.
X- Do not plant anything on or around the tank and drainfield. Roots can cause severe damage to the system clogging lines and cause the system to go into failure resulting in the need to get the drainfield replaced.
X- Do not drive over the tank or drainfield.
X- Do not use a garbage disposal, if you do limit the usage. Garbage disposals result in more solids to build up within the septic tank and require the system to be pumped more frequently.
X- Do not use your toilets as a trash can. Harmful chemicals can kill the bacteria in the system that helps purify the wastewater.
Examples to avoid putting down the drains include: sanitary wipes, tampons, grease and oils, coffee grounds, dental floss, and harsh chemicals.
Source: "Protecting Your Home, Caring for Your Septic System" provided by Florida Department of Health, Bureau of Environmental Health
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Many times, the sewage smell can be caused by a broken seal around a toilet or a pee trap that has run dry. Check all toilets for a broken seal. If that is not the problem, run water in every faucet, shower, and toilets in order to fill each pee trap up.
Generally, a septic needs to be pumped every 3-5 years. Most systems now have a filter that help to extend the life of the drainfield and those need to be cleaned annually. The filter can easily be cleaned by using a metal clothes hanger and pulling it out and rinsing it with a water hose.
Yes. Using a garbage disposal can impact how frequent you have to get your septic pumped. Food waste is slowly digested by the good bacteria within the tank and can result in the accumulation of excess sludge.
Environmental Protection Agency. (2022, August 22). Frequent Questions on Septic Systems. EPA.