Dos & Don’ts for Septic Tank

Taking good care of your septic system will greatly influence how it performs. Your entire household should learn about septic system installation Sherwood, what is and is not good for your tank in order to save money, relieve headaches, extend the life of the system, ensure the health of your family, maintain the value of your property and take care of the environment.

In this article, we will cover the do’s and don’ts for a septic tank.


List of Do’s 

  • Do fix leaks quickly and conserve water. You can extend the life of your system by installing high-efficiency appliances, like washers and low-flow toilets, while leaking faucets may limit the performance of septic tank pumping. Septic professionals can help your system manage spikes in water usage if you have periods of high water use. 
  • Find out where your septic tank and drain field are located for Sherwood’s septic design. Keep records for service visits with a sketch of your drain field and septic tank.
  • Do make sure to regularly inspect and maintain your septic system and any access covers to be septic safe. Unsecured or unsafe lids can harm children and pets; falling into a septic tank is dangerous.
  • Do maintain the grass surrounding your septic system to promote evaporation and prevent surface water erosion. 
  • Do not attempt to fix the issue yourself, but call a licensed professional if you encounter a problem or if you see signs of system failure.
  • Do drain other sources of water away from the septic system, such as roof drains, house footing drains, and sump pumps. By adding too much water to the drainage field, the soil can’t naturally clean the wastewater.


List of Don’ts

  1. Do not drive over or park anything on top of the septic tank or drain field. It will shorten its life and damage it.
  2. Do not plant deep-rooted plants near or over drain fields. Branches and roots from trees and shrubs may clog drainage lines and damage them. Do not fertilize, water, or burn grass or flowers (no vegetables).
  3. Don’t dig into your drain field or build anything on top of it, especially playgrounds.
  4. Do not attempt to make or allow repairs to your septic system without first obtaining the proper local permits and seeking professional help.
  5. Do not go into your septic tank. Gases and bacteria in your septic tank can be fatal, so working near one is hazardous.
  6. Do not flush these items:
    • Lint or clothing fibers 
    • Condoms
    • Diapers 
    •  Flammable material 
    • Cigarette butts 
    • Cat litter
    • Facial tissue 
    • Feminine hygiene products 
    • Cooking oils and grease 
    • Unused medications 
    • Paint or solvents 
    • Coffee grounds 

The only things that should ever be flushed are human waste and toilet paper. Limit the use of harsh cleaners, household chemicals, and antibacterial soaps. Using these items will shorten your system, and you may get sewage backups or component failures.


Knowing the basics of your home’s septic tank and septic pumping Sherwood will enable you to detect problems early on. 

American On Septic provides courteous service for a price that’s fair every time, regardless of whether you need routine maintenance or emergency service. Sophisticated diagnostic tools allow us to identify problems early on and prevent them from becoming costly repairs, including drainage inspections.



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