Septic Systems

The Ten Rules of Septic Systems

  1. Do not pour grease, fats or oils down the drain.

  2. Do not connect a garbage disposal to your sink.

  3. Do not dispose of paints or household chemicals  down the drain. You may use disinfectants in small amounts.

  4. Do not dispose of automobile fluids down the drain. That includes gas, oil, transmission or brake fluid, grease or antifreeze.  

  5. Do not kill the beneficial bacteria in your septic system by rinsing pesticides, herbicides or any other toxins down the drain. 

  6. Do not dispose of non-biodegradable items in your toilet including cigarette butts, disposable diapers or feminine hygiene products.

  7. Do not allow water to run while washing dishes and thawing frozen foods. You may also consider limiting toilet flushes.     

  8. Do not run half loads in the dishwasher or washing machine. Stagger loads.

  9. Use only biodegradable products to keep your septic system healthy.

 10. Do not connect “clean water” sources such as footing or sump pumps to the septic system.

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