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Septic System DO'S and DON'TS

Disposal Guidelines

There are a number of do's and don'ts that will help ensure a long life and minimal maintenance for your system. As a general rule, nothing should be disposed into any wastewater system that hasn't been ingested, other than toilet tissue, mild detergents, and wash water. Here are some additional guidelines.

Don't flush dangerous and damaging substances into your wastewater treatment system. Specifically, do not flush . . .

bulletEgg shells, cantaloupe seeds, gum, coffee grounds
bulletExcessive amounts of bath or body oils
bulletWater softener backwash
bulletFlammable or toxic products
bulletHousehold cleaners, especially floor wax and rug cleaners
bulletPesticides, herbicides, agricultural chemicals, or fertilizers
bulletChlorine bleach, chlorides, and pool or spa products

Don't use special additives that are touted to enhance the performance of your tank or system. Additives can cause major damage to other areas in the collection system. The natural microorganisms that grow in your system generate their own enzymes that are sufficient for breaking down and digesting nutrients in the wastewater.

Do collect grease in a container and dispose with your trash. Compost scraps or dispose with your trash, also. Food by-products accelerate the need for septic pumping. Don't ever flush the following down the drain:

bulletTea bags, chewing tobacco, cigarette butts
bulletCondoms, dental floss, sanitary napkins, diapers
bulletPaper towels, newspapers, candy wrappers
bulletRags, large amounts of hair
bulletBaby wipes, medicated wipes, cleaning wipes, and wipes made of non-biodegradable material

Don't plumb water softener discharge brine into your wastewater system. (The softened WATER is OK, just not the BRINE that's produced during the regeneration cycle.) Do route the brine around your wastewater system so it discharges directly into the soil. This is a cost-effective solution that ensures the long-term performance of your system and the biological processes that occur inside it. Water softener brine interferes with nitrogen removal. And it degrades treatment by interfering with the settling process inside the tank. Without proper settling, solids, grease, and oils are carried though your system, clogging components.

Do keep lint out of your wastewater treatment system by cleaning the lint filters on your washing machine and dryer before every load. Installing a supplemental lint filter on your washing machine would be a good precautionary measure. (This normally takes just a few minutes. Lint and other such materials can make a big difference in the frequency and cost of pumping out your septic tank.)

Water Use Guidelines

Don't ignore leaky plumbing fixtures; repair them. A leaky toilet can waste up to 2,000 gallons (7,500 liters) of water in a single day. That's 10-20 times more water than a household's typical daily usage. Leaky plumbing fixtures increase your water bill, waste natural resources, and overload your system.




The slab units have a macerator pump with an alarm in the utility room.

If the alarm goes off that means that the macerator pump is not working and not to run any water or flush the toilets.

There is a circuit breaker for the pump in the same box outside that the sprinkler system circuit breaker is located.

WARNING: When the sprinkler system is drained for the winter it is easy to mistakenly turn off the macerator pump also.


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