Septic Tanks

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Everything Drains To Your Septic Tanks

When you flush it down the toilet, grind it up in the garbage disposal, or pour it down the sink, shower, or bath, anything that goes down your drains ends up in your septic system. What goes down the drain affects how well your septic system works. 

Your Drain Field

Never park or drive vehicles on or over your drain field. Plant trees at a distance to avoid roots from growing into your septic system.

Use Water Efficiently

On average, in a typical single-family home water usage is almost 70 gallons per individual, each day. When possible use energy efficient appliances to reduce the amount of water that enters your septic system. Efficient water use improves the operation of a septic system and reduces the risk of failure.

Toilets Aren't Trash Cans

Do not flush anything besides human waste and toilet paper. 

Frequency of Pumps

On average household septic tanks are pumped every 3 years. Major factors that influence the frequency of septic pumping:

  • Number of household members
  • Total wastewater generated
  • Volume of solids in wastewater
  • Septic tank size

Septic System Failure

Failure to perform routine maintenance, such as pumping the septic tanks on average every three to five years, can cause solids in the tank to migrate into the drain field and clog the system. Septic tank cleaning is vital to keeping your septic system working properly. 


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https://www.epa.gov/septic