Last month I shared about the connection between septic systems and degraded water quality. I wanted to follow up with some simple this you should and should not do to keep your septic system in good working order.
- Have your septic tank pumped every 3-5 years
- Keep a map of where you septic system is located
- Divert roof drains and surface runoff away from your septic system, excess water can overwhelm your system and cause backups into your home
- Use your garbage disposal sparingly, excess solids sit in your tank an increase the frequency of pumping
- Drive over or park in on top of your septic system, the weight of cars can crush underground tanks and pipes or break off spray heads
- Put chemicals, paint or prescription medication down the toilet or drain, these can kill off the good bacteria that keep your system working properly
- Plant trees or shrubs near your system, the roots can damage the pipes or tank causing them to leak or back up
- Use commercial septic system additives. They are your system works just fine without them, save your money for pump outs and other necessary maintenance costs.
Find more tips at any of these websites:
Dickinson Bayou – septic systems page
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service – Septic Systems page
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality – Septic Systems page