The following is a step by step list of recommendations for maintaining your OWTS. Proper care and maintenance will prolong the service life of your OWTS.
Proper Care, and Maintenance
No OWTS’ will operate efficiently without proper care and maintenance. Maintenance requirements vary according to the type and complexity of the OWTS installed. Contact your designer or installer for additional guidance as you feel necessary.
Learn The Location
Learn the location of your septic tank and keep it accessible. The tank should be routinely inspected and pumped as necessary.
Minimize the amount of water going into the system. Use flow reducers in showers; repair leaky toilets and sinks.
Do not flush!
Do not flush disposable diapers, sanitary napkins, or other similar items down the toilet.
Do not disturb!
Do not disturb the soil in the area of the leaching system, and do not allow vehicles to park or drive over this area.
Do not locate!
Do not locate sheds, swimming pools, gym sets, shrubs or trees over the area of the leaching field.
Prevent Surface Water
Be sure the area of the leaching field is graded to prevent surface water from rainfalls or roof drains from collecting over or near the system.
Disposing of Household Chemicals
Use extreme care in disposing of household chemicals. Many household chemicals can upset the operation of septic systems and some may pollute drinking water supplies, particularly if wells are nearby.
Beware of Claims
Beware of claims made by manufacturers of so-called “septic systems cleaners, additives or enhancers.” Studies show that these products generally do not improve the effectiveness or service life of OWTS systems and may, in fact, do the opposite.