The Proper Care For A Septic System

Posted on: 2 February 2018

Septic systems are a type of wastewater system typically found in rural areas. Cities have their own sewer systems, but once you get far enough away from city limits, people need their own system. It is important to know how to take care of your septic system. If your system fails, it can create quite a mess on your property and inside your home. There are certain things that you cannot flush into the septic tank or it will compromise the system. This guide goes over the basics of taking care of your septic system and when it may be time to pump the tank.

Proper Maintenance

There are several reasons why you should keep up to date with your septic system's maintenance, such as:

  • Fewer repairs needed: You won't need as many repairs on a system that is regularly checked. You will also notice broken parts on a septic system sooner. This allows you to fix them right away before they turn into even bigger issues.
  • Cost effective: By spending less on repairs, it is more cost effective to do routine checks of the system, rather than let it go into disrepair and have to hire a professional to fix the system. This can cost up to several thousands of dollars depending on the problem.

Proper Care

Along with proper maintenance of the septic system, you need to know how to take proper care of it. There are certain things that cannot be flushed down the toilets or sinks in the property or they will damage the septic system. This list includes:

  • Baby wipes
  • Cat litter
  • Oil
  • Grease
  • Paint and paint thinners
  • Coffee grounds
  • Tampons or feminine pads
  • Paper towels

These items do not break down like toilet paper so they can clog the entire system. If this happens you may need a professional to pump the system for you.

Proper Draining

You need to take proper care of your drain field. The drain field is responsible for taking out the contaminants in the liquid of the septic system. There are certain rules to follow when it comes to the drain field, including:

  • No parking vehicles on the drain field
  • Don't plant bushes, trees, or other things on top of the drain field or too close to it
  • Don't let rainwater, sump pumps, or gutters drain onto the drain field


By following this guide, your septic system should run just fine. If you do experience a problem, you need to contact a professional to pump the system or repair whatever is malfunctioning.

To learn more, contact a company like River City Septic & Excavating