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Caring For Your Septic System
Properly caring for your septic system can add to the longevity of this very important, yet often forgotten piece of your home. At A Greener Life, we feel it is important for our customers to not only understand their systems, but also give them the knowledge necessary to ensure efficiency. KNOWLEDGE IS POWER!
- Know how the system works; a septic system can have many working parts.
- Become established with a maintenance company. Regular pumping, cleaning and assessments can prevent major, costly problems. Here at A Greener Life, we treat our customers like family. We are here for you and once you join our family, we will work hard to ensure your system keeps running strong. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you need us on a holiday……do not hesitate to call! We do not want your septic system to ruin a single memory! Let us take that weight off your shoulders.
- Keep records!!! Record anything that happens with your septic system and put it in a safe place. We recommend making a folder that includes receipts or invoices, inspections and even
plans that include the layout of your system. For Example:
- Keep your septic tank cover accessible for inspections and pumping. Install risers if necessary; ask a representative for more information. Installing risers can save you money and time. Without risers, contractors must dig down to the cover for each pumping or inspection.
- Conserve water to avoid overloading the system. Be sure to repair any leaky faucets or toilets
- Divert other sources of water, like roof drains, house footing drains, and sump pumps, away from the septic system; Excessive water keeps the soil in the drain field from naturally cleansing the waste water
- Don’t allow anyone to drive or park over any part of the system
- Don’t plant anything over or near the drainfield except grass. Roots from nearby trees or shrubs may clog and damage the drain lines
- Don’t dig in your drainfield or build anything over it, and don’t cover the drainfield with a hard surface such as concrete or asphalt. The area over the drainfield should have only a grass cover. The grass will not only prevent erosion, but will help remove excess water
- Don’t use septic tank additives. Under normal operating conditions, these products usually do not help and some may even be harmful to your system
- Don’t use your toilet as a trash can or poison your septic system and the groundwater by pouring harmful chemicals and cleansers down the drain. Harsh chemicals can kill the beneficial bacteria that treat your waste water
- Don’t flush semi or non-biodegradable items into septic tank, including paper towels, newspapers, writing paper, rags, disposable diapers, or cat litter
- Don’t connect roof drains and yard drains to septic tanks. Extra water will flood the tank and the leach field