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Things to do for your septic system

Do have your tank pumped out, effluent filter cleaned, and system inspected on a regular basis by a licensed septic contractor.


Do install a riser. State code requires that cleanout covers must be within 12 inches of the ground's surface. By code, cleanout covers in excess of 12 inches deep must have a riser installed at the time of service.


Do leave the area over the drain field undisturbed with only a mowed grass cover. Roots from nearby trees or shrubs may clog and damage your drain lines.


Do practice water conservation. Check plumbing for leaking fixtures, i.e. toilets, tubs, showers, or sinks. A steady leak or drip can overload a drainage system. Run dishwashers and washing machines only when full. Do not run consecutive loads of laundry or dishes.


Do divert roof drains and surface water from driveways and hills away from the septic system. Sump pumps and house footing drains should direct away from the septic system as well.


Do learn the location of your septic system and drain field. Keep a sketch handy and a record of your septic cleanings so this may be passed on to a future owner.

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Avoid these septic system don'ts

Don't allow anyone to drive or park over any part of the septic system.


Don't allow excess amounts of fat or grease to enter the system. Using retail chemical compounds or enzymes to substitute for routine septic tank cleanings are not recommended.


Don't use large amounts of laundry soaps, detergents, bleaches, drain cleaners. The recommended quantities, in accordance with product labels, should be followed in order to protect the system.


Don't flush down paper towels, wipes, or other heavy matter. Don't use your toilet or drains as a trash can by dumping or pouring non-degradable items into it.


Don't discharge the backwash solution from water softeners into sub-surface sewage systems. Connecticut Department of Public Health regulations prohibit this.

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