Septic System Maintenance

Septic System Maintenance Information
A poorly working septic system can release harmful bacteria that can cause illness
and result in polluted drinking water wells.Septic systems are a source of phosphorus,
nitrogen, organic matter, bacteria, and viral pathogens that can enter the lake. The
reasons septic system failure are inadequate design, inappropriate installation,
neglected maintenance, or a clogged leach field.
Signs of trouble
Smelly leach field
Wet grassy area in the leach field
Unusually green area in leach field
Slow draining toilets
Septic tank pumping depends on
Tank size, normal is 1000 gallons
Family size
Garbage disposal adds additional solids, pump yearly
Normal pumping frequency every 2-3 years
Septic system maintenance
Use water conservers such as flow reducers in the shower, sinks, and toilets
If replacing toilets use new low flow model
If replacing washing machine consider a water saving model
Do not pour chemicals in sink or toilet, thy pollute the leach field
During a tank pump out, inspect tank for cracks and baffle for flow
When soil in saturated with water, heavy rain or snow melt space washing machine
and dishwasher use so you give the leach field time to drain
Direct rain water gutters and flow away from the tank and leach field
Consult with your septic system professional about use of draining chemicals and
yeast

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