According to the EPA , here are the top 10 ways to be a good septic owner.
Have your system inspected every three years by a qualified professional or according to your state/ local health department’s recommendations.
Have your septic tank pumped, when necessary, generally every three to five years.
Avoid pouring harsh products (e.g., oils, grease, chemicals, paint, medications) down the drain.
Discard non-degradable products in the trash (e.g., floss, disposable wipes, cat litter) instead of flushing them.
Keep cars and heavy vehicles parked away from the drainfield and tank.
Repair leaks and use water efficient fixtures to avoid overloading the system.
Space out water usage throughout the week. e.g. spread loads of laundry throughout the week and avoid excessive washing on one particular day.
Maintain plants and vegetation near the system to ensure roots do not block drains.
Use soaps and detergents that are low-suds, biodegradable, and low- or phosphate-free.
Prevent system freezing during cold weather by inspecting and insulating vulnerable system parts (e.g., the inspection pipe and soil treatment area).
Another great idea, call All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services and enroll in their maintenance program. They can keep you on schedule with regular maintenance to keep your system functioning properly and avoid costly repairs. You can reach them at 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com.