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Caring for your Septic Tank

There are several steps you can follow to care for your septic system, and prolong its useful life:

Waste Disposal

There are items that should not be flushed down your toilet.  These items include:  dental floss, feminine hygiene products, condoms, cotton swabs, cigarette butts, coffee grounds, cat litter, paper towels, as well as other kitchen and bathroom items that can clog, or worse, damage septic system components.

Flushing chemicals, gasoline, oil, pesticides, antifreeze, and paint can destroy the biological treatment taking place in the system or might contaminate surface waters and groundwater.

Washing Machines

Running small loads of laundry on large-load cycles flushes more water into the septic system.  Washing all your laundry in one day may save you time throughout the week, but could harm your system since it is not allowed sufficient recovery time to adequately treat wastes.  This could flood your drainfield.

Plants & Shrubbery

Ensure only grass is planted above an around your septic system.  Over time, roots from trees and shrubs can clog an damage your septic system.


Do not park or drive vehicles over any part of your septic system.  The weight of the vehicles can damage the tank, drain pipes and/or other septic components.  Additionally, the soil in your drainfield can be compacted, and no longer absorb the wastewater being discharged from the tank.