Maintaining your septic system is the key to ensuring its longevity and efficiency. Proper care not only saves you from potential headaches but also contributes to the health of your property and the environment. By adopting a few simple practices and staying proactive, you can keep your septic system running smoothly for years to come.
Without routine pump outs, this buildup can lead to an overflow into the septic bed, potentially causing blockages within the absorption field. The potential consequence? The requirement for an expensive absorption field replacement. This emphasizes the significance of maintaining a regular pumping schedule.
Automatic toilet bowl cleaners
Flushable” wipes or other sanitary products
Liquid fabric softener
Food scraps and coffee grounds
Don’t allow vehicles to drive over or park on the leaching bed
Don’t build skating rinks or above ground pools on it
Don’t dig without knowing the location of your sewage system
Don’t plant any trees or shrubs on or near the bed; their roots can clog the pipes
Don’t drain downspouts, sump pumps, etc down or near the tanks or leaching bed
Don’t build over the tank or leaching bed with a hard surface such as asphalt, brick or patio stones
Don’t excessively water the lawn over the leaching bed
Don’t use a garbage disposal/garburator
Do keep an accurate record of maintenance, pump outs and service calls
Do keep a system diagram for reference
Do repair leaky plumbing fixtures right away (especially leaky toilets)
Do keep the access lids easily accessible and securely fastened
Do install an effluent filter in your septic tank to protect your leaching bed and to ensure compliance with the Ontario Building Code
Do ensure that all contractors know the location of your leaching bed, get the required utility located done and ensure that any landscaping does not impact the bed.