Septic System Do's and Don'ts
Your Septic Tank is NOT a Garbage Can.

What are septic system do's and don'ts?

Simple septic tank information that will help you protect your septic tank and prolong the life of your septic system.


  • Learn the location of your septic system. Keep a sketch of it with your maintenance records.
  • Have your septic system inspected and pumped regularly .
  • Keep records of pumping, repairs, inspections, and other system maintenance activities.
  • Use water efficiently to avoid overloading the septic system. Be sure to repair leaky faucets or toilets. Use high efficiency fixtures.
  • Use bathroom and household cleaners and laundry detergents in moderation. Mild detergents or baking soda can be great alternatives to strong anti-bacterial cleaners.
  • Use high quality septic tank additives. They are an important part of total septic system care but they don't replace pumping.
  • Plant only grass over and near your septic system. Roots from trees and shrubs might clog or damage the drainfield.
  • Before installing a garbage disposal make sure that your septic system can handle the additional waste. Garbage disposals are not recommended for septic systems.


  • Your septic system is not a trash can. Don't put dental floss, feminine hygiene products, diapers, cotton swabs, latex paint, pesticides, or other non-biodegradable garbage or harsh chemicals into your septic system.
  • Avoid using caustic drain openers and cleaners. Use a high quality bacteria and enzyme treatment like CCLS to biologically open sluggish drains and then apply maintenance doses to keep the drains flowing.
  • Don't drive or park on any part of your septic system. Doing so can compact the soil in your drainfield or damage the pipes, tank, or other septic system components.
  • Don't Neglect Your Septic System

    Cape Code BioChemical Company conducted a national survey which shows that if you have your septic tank pumped out regularly and use CCLS septic treatment regularly to replace bacteria,at the end of ten years your system will be healthy, free-flowing and ready to give you years and years more of service.

    If you neglect your system, at the end of the same ten-year period you will likely have a dead failed system.

    Replacement of a septic system is very costly. It is not just the expense of the new system but also the expense and aggravation of replacing your lawn and landscape.

    Which makes more sense? Regular scheduled maintenance with nominal annual fee or complete replacement incurring a major expense.

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