Plumbing - Septic System

A septic system processes and neutralizes liquid and solid waste that exits your home from sinks and other plumbing fixtures. A conventional septic system consists of three main parts; a septic tank, a drain field and soil beneath the drain field.

Care and Maintenance Tips Maintenance Schedule

  • Many jurisdictions require proof of an annual inspection of your septic system. We recommend you utilize a licensed, septic system inspector than can also perform periodic maintenance to your system.
  • Your inspector can recommend a maintenance schedule that is appropriate for your tank size, style and drain field properties.
  • Consult with your inspector before landscaping near your septic system; Root systems for different types of plants and/or grading changes caused by landscaping can alter the effectiveness of your drain field.

Things to Avoid

  • Hazardous chemicals such as paint thinners, gasoline, etc. should never be disposed of through your plumbing fixtures; these and other similar chemicals can ruin your system and are a hazard to groundwater.
  • Do not flush any trash down the toilet. This will stop up the toilet and also risk damage and backup to the septic system.
  • Disposal of heavy cleaners, particularly those containing bleach, via your plumbing can kill beneficial bacteria in the septic tank, so solids won't break down as well.

* If you are in a Condo residence please refer to your Condo Association Documents to verify your responsibilities, if any, for the maintenance of these areas.