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MAINTENANCE

HOMEOWNER MAINTENANCE 
Annual Inspection
Pump Sludge & Scum
New
Homes

Set up an annual inspection.  It is low cost, and we can clean your filters, inspect your tank, and assess the performance of your system along with any changes that might need to be accounted for.  Regular inspections can save you thousands of $$$ in repair costs. 

Most modern systems are designed to work efficiently for approx 3 years before needing to have the sludge and scum accumulation in your tank pumped.  If you don't have your tank pumped regularily, your tank loses capacity.  Suspended solids aren't efficiently removed and can clog filters, or worse, start to clog your septic field. An annual inspection can tell you when its time to pump.

New construction often times means residues of paint and other chemicals or unwanted materials down the drain.  For this reason your tank should be pumped for the first time 6-12 months after startup.

Be extremely careful that contractors are not driving heavy vehicles over your lines, tank, or field, and ask them to avoid placing anything down the drains.

Water Diversion

Your system should be designed and installed so that rainwater will not collect on or near it.  Appropriate landscaping and measures need to be implemented.  Direct downspouts or runoffs away from the field.  The active bacteria in your field cannot be "drowned" by excess surface waters and your system will fail if this happens.

Compaction

Don't allow large animals or livestock to roam over your field. Neither should you park or drive cars or vehicles over your tank or field.  This damages the soil structure and limits its ability to treat the wastewater; can damage system components, and can also cause lines to freeze easier in the winter.

Be Smart

-Avoid household chemicals going down the drain - opt for more natural cleaners when possible. Strong chemicals kill the bacteria in your system that clean the water.
-Try to conserve water.  Excess water overloads your system.

-Only flush toilet paper

-Keep a maintenance schedule

Vegetation
Cottages/ Seasonal Use

Plant grass on and around your field.  Keep it mowed and maintained and this will help air exchange as well as rainwater drainage away from your system.  Avoid landscape fabrics or mulches.  Trees and shrubs can have roots that may interfere or damage your drainage lines and field.  

If your system is only used seasonally or left for extended periods of time,  you should pump your tank (especially in cold months).  Leave a foot or so of effluent in the bottom of the tank. This will help maintain the bacteria until you need to use the system again and reduce risk of freezing damages.