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Below are some basic home septic system maintenance tips:
- Maintain the contract service agreement offered by the manufacturer after the initial two-year period has expired. It is extremely important that aerobic systems receive regular maintenance at least every three months or six months at the maximum.
- Keep your system accessible for inspections and pumping yet protected from authorized entrance. If access to your system is locked, make sure that you keep a kye and that your service contractor has a key.
- Call a service professional whenever you experience problems with your system , or whenever there are any signs of system failure.
- Keep detailed records about your aerobic system, including a map of where it is, general information such as model name, capacity, state license, date installed, contract service agreement, records of service visits, and maintenance performed.
- Conserve water to avoid overloading the system. Be sure to repair any leaky faucets or toilets.
- Divert other sources of water, like roof drains, house footing drains, and sump pumps away from the aerobic system
- Become familiar with how your own particular system operates and the way it looks, sounds and smells when it is working correctly. This way you may be able to identify problems before they become serious and alert your service provider to anything unusual.
- Be sure to ask your service provider questions about how to know if your unit is malfunctioning.
- Check to see if your unit is working properly after a power outage.
- Don’t allow anyone to drive or park over any part of the system.
- Don’t’ make or allow unauthorized repairs to your aerobic system without obtaining the required health department permits.
- Don’t use your toilet as a trash can or poison your treatment system and the groundwater by pouring harmful chemicals and cleansers down the drain. Harsh chemicals can kill the beneficial bacteria present in the system that treats your wastewater.
- Don’t use a garbage disposal without checking with your local regulatory agency to make sure that your aerobic system can accommodate this additional waste. If you must use a garbage disposal, the system should be sized appropriately to accommodate the additional waste.
- Don’t attempt to clean or perform maintenance on any part of the aerobic system.
Do not flush the following:
- Coffee Grounds
- Dental Floss
- Disposable Diapers
- Kitty Litter
- Feminine Products (Pads or tampons)
- Gauze Bandages
- Fats, Greases or Oils
- Paper Towels
- Panty Hose
- Cigarette Butts
Never lush chemicals such as:
- paints drain cleaners
- Photographic solutions
If you have questions regarding the maintenance of your home aerobic system contact us – we’re here to help.