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Septic Tank & System FAQs

I think my septic tank might be failing , how do I know what to look for?
  • Septic odors
  • Back-up in the house or gurgling sound
  • Septic water surfacing in the yard
  • Sludge on top of baffles in the septic tank

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What is safe to flush or drain into my septic tank?

Basically, the only safe things to put into your septic tank are water, toilet paper and human waste. Most household cleaners are okay but should be used sparingly. Also check for "septic system safe" labels. Bleach and laundry soap are also okay as long as you use the recommended amount (on bottle).

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What is not safe and should never be drained or flushed into my septic system?

The only things that should be in your septic system are water, toilet paper and human waste. Never clean paintbrushes or dump paint down the drain! The following should never be flushed or drained:

  • Coffee Grinds
  • Dental Floss
  • Diapers/baby wipes
  • Kitty litter
  •  Fat/grease/oil
  • Gauze and bandages
  • Sanitary napkins
  • Tampons & applicators
  •  Condoms
  • Cigarette butts
  • Paper towels
  • Hair combings

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What do I do to maintain proper functionality of my septic tank?
  • Pump the septic tank every 3-5 years (depending on usage)
  • If you use a garbage disposal, pump the tank once a year
  • Keep food greases and oils out of the septic system. (It is not easily broken down and can clog the drain field)
  • Space out laundry loads over the course of the week and wash full loads of laundry
  • Try and use liquid laundry detergent (powder laundry detergent contains clay and can increase the amount of solid materials in the tank
  • Fix leaky faucets, toilets, drains and pipes
  • Do not put non-biodegradable products into your septic tank
  • Do not use an excessive amount of strong household cleaners
  • Do not flush small animals or fish down the toilet (it’s a septic tank not a cemetery)
  • Keep swimming pools away from the absorption field

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How does my water softener affect my septic system?

Your water softener will not affect your septic system unless it leaks. If it leaks, you will experience problems as you will with leaky faucets and toilets.

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How do I check if my toilets leak?

To see if you toilet is leaking, take the lid of your toilet and place a few drops of food coloring in the tank and flush. If color appears in the bowl, your toilet leaks and may cause problems with your septic system.

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What are septic tanks made of?

Septic tanks are made out of concrete, fiberglass or plastics.

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What is the difference between a septic system & central sewer?

A properly maintained septic system disposes treated effluent straight into the ground, where it gets additional purification by the soil.

A central sewage system disposes large amounts of treated effluent directly into a body of water at one location.

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Terms and definitions associated with
septic tanks and systems

  • Drainfield
  • Disposal System
  • Leach Line (Leach Bed, Leach Field):
  • Distribution Box
  • Effluent
  • Effluent Filter
  • Seepage Pit
  • Septic Tank
  • Scum
  • Sludge
  • Solids
  • Black Water: toilet water
  • Gray Water: shower, sink & laundry waste


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