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    Do's and Dont's


  • Do learn the location of your septic tank and drainfield. Keep a sketch of it handy with your maintenance records for service visits.

  • Do have your septic tank inspected and pumped out periodically by a licensed contractor.

  • Do keep your septic tank cover accessible for inspections and pumpings. Install risers if necessary.

  • Do call a professional whenever you experience problems with your system, or if there are any signs of system failure.

  • Do keep a detailed record of repairs, pumpings, inspections, permits issued, and other maintenance activities.

  • Do conserve water. Be sure to repair any leaky faucets or toilets as soon as possible.

  • Do avoid overloading your system. Divert other sources of water, like roof drains, house footing drains, water softener backwash, and sump pumps, away from your septic system. Excessive water keeps the soil in the drainfield from naturally cleansing the wastewater.

  • Do use substitutes for hazardous household cleaners.


  • 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.

  • Don't allow anyone to drive or park over any part of your 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 use septic tank additives. 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 dump grease or fats down your drains. They solidify and the accumulation may lead to blockage in your system. Use your garbage disposal conservatively, if not you could increase the amount of solids in your septic tank by fifty percent. Remember your septic system is not a garbage can, composting is a free and green alternative.

  • Don't allow backwash from home water softeners to enter the septic system.

Do Not Flush:
    • Coffee grounds
    • Dental floss
    • Disposable diapers
    • Cat litter
    • Sanitary napkins
    • Tampons
    • Cigarette butts
    • Condoms
    • Fat, grease, or oil
    • Paper towels
    • Bathroom towelettes
    • Construction debris
    or hazardous chemicals, such as:
    • Paints
    • Varnishes
    • Thinners
    • Waste oils
    • Photographic solutions
    • Pesticides
    • Oily floor soaps
    • Liquid fabric softeners

These items can overtax or destroy the biological digestion taking place within your system.

Be sure to exercise appropriate caution when inspecting a septic tank. Never allow anyone to inspect a septic tank alone or go down into a septic tank. Toxic gases are produced by the natural treatment processes in septic tanks and can kill, in minutes. Even just looking in the tank can be dangerous!

If you feel it is time to have your system serviced or if you have any questions, please give us a call at
Salem: 503-393-1311
Albany: 541-924-0851
Coast: 541-574-1656
Toll Free: 1-866-927-1156

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