Septic Systems

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How do I manage my septic system?

Your septic system is a living organism just like you…what??? How??? If you won’t put something in your body, it’s better not to put it down your drain. Cleaners are okay, just in smaller doses. It is more important to know what you shouldn’t put in your system than what you should. If you are using your septic system properly, the system has a perfect natural balance of bacteria. Just don’t kill it by using too many harsh chemicals which will throw it out of balance.

Why do I need to have my septic tank pumped?

A septic tank is no more than a very large holding tank. Its purpose is to catch and naturally treat the solid waste. As holding tanks do, they fill up. Keep in mind your septic tank is ALWAYS FULL as the liquid waste goes to your drain field through an outlet pipe at the top of your tanks wall while the solids fill up the tank. Waiting too long to pump your tank will allow the solids to build up beyond the tanks capacity and the solids will try to move out into the drain field causing an emergency. Just like changing the oil in your car, periodic pumping of your septic tank is way less costly in the end!

Recommended pumping schedule chart and cross section of tank from Oregon State University Extension

What is the purpose of my drain field?

The drain field is the part of the septic system that disperses the nitrates (dissolved in the liquid waste) and other bacteria over a large area. A high concentration of nitrates can be harmful to the environment and your health. It is important to know where your drain field is located to avoid building on it or covering it up in any way. Do not to drive over your drain field and keep trees and shrubs with root systems away from the area. See link for landscaping options for septic drain fields to maintain a healthy drain field.

Make it Right with the Blue and White

Yes, please...

  • Spread out laundry over several days. Doing all of your laundry on one day can put more water into the system than it can treat.
  • Use biodegradable soaps and cleaning agents.
  • Spend less time in the shower. Long showers can attribute to excess water that will fill up your tank and in turn can shorten the life of your drain field.
  • If your system has a splitter (diverter) box, alternate the usage of your leach lines once yearly.

No, thank you...

  • Put any paints or solvents of any kind down your drains, not even water based paints.
  • Avoid using harsh laundry detergents. Look for ones that say they are safe for a septic system.
  • Limit the amount of bleach or other chemicals used to clean. It can kill the good bacteria that helps break things down.
  • Pour cooking or any other kind of oil or grease down the drains or toilet.
  • Rely on the wide range of septic tank additives to be a substitute for the routine pumping of your tank. These do not take the place of pumping the tank.