There are important things you should not to do with a septic system. Following these rules will help ensure optimal septic system performance. Keep these things in mind will also make sure that you are safe.
Please keep the following in mind with your septic system:
- Don’t allow anyone to drive or park over any part of the system.
- Don’t plant anything over or near the drainfield except grass. Roots from nearby trees or shrubs may clog and damage the drain lines.
- Don’t dig in your drainfield or build anything over it, and don’t cover the drainfield with a hard surface such as concrete or asphalt. The area over the drainfield should have only a grass cover. The grass will not only prevent erosion, but will help remove excess water.
- Don’t make or allow repairs to your septic system without obtaining the required health department permit. Use professional licensed onsite contractors when needed.
- Don’t use septic tank additives. Under normal operating conditions, these products usually do not help and some may even be harmful to your system.
- Don’t use your toilet as a trash can or poison your septic system and the groundwater by pouring harmful chemicals and cleansers down the drain. Harsh chemicals can kill the beneficial bacteria that treat your wastewater.
- Don’t use a garbage disposal without checking with your local regulatory agency to make sure that your septic system can accommodate this additional waste.
- Don’t allow backwash from home water softeners to enter the septic system.
- Don’t go down into a septic tank. Toxic gases are produced by the natural treatment processes in septic tanks and can kill in minutes. Extreme care should be taken when inspecting a septic tank, even when just looking in.