"A septic system has three parts :  household plumbing, a tank to collect sewage and solids, and a soil treatment area."

Properly maintain your system. Many septic system owners assume as long as their used water “goes away,” their system must be working properly. Septic systems must be designed specifically for your site’s conditions and installed correctly. Look for symptoms of a poorly functioning septic system. These include a pipe that goes directly to the lake or ground (even laundry water!), sewage surfacing in the yard or a ditch, sewage odors, high levels of nitrates or coliform bacteria in well water tests, or algae blooms and excessive plant growth in nearby ponds or lakes.

Manage your system. Household plumbing. Conserve water, repair leaks and use low-flow fixtures. Spread water usage throughout the day and week. If you have periods of high use, talk to us about options that will help your system manage your lifestyle. Minimize use of harsh cleaners, bleach, antibacterial soaps and detergents. Do not dispose of paints, medications or chemicals through your septic system. Keep grease, lint, food, feminine hygiene products and plastics out.

Septic tank. Pump solids through tank’s maintenance hole regularly — at least every three years. Have baffles inspected when tank is pumped. Install an effluent screen and service as necessary. Do not use tank additives or cleaners. 

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