Septic systems require periodic check-ups and proper care to function properly. They must have a healthy diet to minimize groundwater contamination as well as costly repair bills. Each septic system contributes nutrients to groundwater (about 18.25 lbs of nitrogen and 0.7 lbs of phosphorous per year).
- Keep all toxic and hazardous chemicals out of your septic systems. Even small amounts can destroy your system.
- Avoid dumping grease and fats down kitchen drains. They can cause blockages in the system.
- Minimize the solids load. Minimize or avoid using a garbage disposal. Remove scraps with the garbage or compost them.
- Have your septic tank pumped by a certified contractor every three years. Failure to pump can cause clogging and result in costly repairs.