Septic Care

How often should I pump my septic tank?Septic Care Practices

Most of the homes and businesses in the NH Lakes Region use septic systems to process waste.

If you take good care of your septic system it will last you a long time. At DJ’s Septic, we believe in educating our customers about their septic system – how it works, and how to keep it healthy.

If you think of it as your “home’s digestive system,” you may find that you will think twice about what you throw down the toilet or pour down the sink drain!

Healthy septic systems require a delicate ecological balance to process waste effectively. Human waste is not a problem to break down. In fact, the bacteria that gets flushed down the toilet every day is usually sufficient to digest what ends up in the tank.

What doesn’t break down well are the chemicals and cleaners used in the home. Keeping these to a minimum will allow the bacteria to do its work in the tank.

It is also helpful for the environment to minimize the chemical pollutants that ultimately end up leeching back down into the ground.

Ideally, only sewage and waste water should be allowed to enter the septic tank, but this is not realistic. Remember, your septic is not a trash can.

Foreign matter that does not break down readily should be thrown in the trash instead. If you have a garbage disposal, use it sparingly or have your tank pumped more often.

Here’s a quick list of do’s and don’ts to keep your septic system in perfect health:

DON’T:

…flush cigarette butts, diapers, paper towels, cat litter, or any other non-biodegradable product down the toilet including feminine products, baby wipes or other materials

…pour grease down the sink. Drain hot grease into a paper towel instead and discard in the trash.

…pour excessive bleach, floor strippers, paint thinners or pesticides down the drain.

…drive vehicles on your leeching field or over your septic tank.
DO:

…flush only what can be broken down naturally

…your laundry over a period of time rather than all at once

…avoid planting trees on or around your septic tank and leeching field

…redirect your water softener discharge to a separate dry well if possible

…have DJ’s Septic Pumping Services inspect and pump your tank regularly!