Do spread automatic washer use over the week rather than many loads on one day.
Do make a permanent record of where the key parts of your system are located for future maintenance; such as tank pump outs or field repairs.
Do have your septic tank pumped out regularly.
Do keep the records of pump outs and maintenance.
Do use water-conserving devices where possible. Low flush toilets and showers heads are commonly available.
Do have manually cleaned lint traps on your automatic washer.
Do check any pumps, siphons, or other moving parts of your system regularly.
Do remove or prevent trees with large root systems growing near the disposal field.
Do maintain a healthy grass cover over the disposal field to use some of the water and to prevent erosion.
Do keep surface water from upslope or from roof drains away from the disposal field.
Do check your interceptor drain regularly to ensure that it is free flowing.
Do compost your kitchen waste. A garbage grinder should be installed only when the septic tank is oversized, and the tank will need to be pumped more often.
Don’t overload the system with high volumes of water.
Don’t connect basement sump pumps to the on-site system.
Don’t connect backwash from water treatment devices directly to the on-site system without professional advice.
Don’t allow large amounts of fats, chemicals, solvents or plastics to enter the system.
Don’t use any septic tank additives. They are not beneficial and may damage your disposal system. Active bacteria are naturally present in sewage. Even with additives, regular pumping of solids is still required.
Don’t enter a septic tank without proper ventilation. A second person is required to be present above ground and other requirements by law are met for confined spaces. Sewer gases can be fatal.
Don’t allow vehicles or heavy equipment to drive over or park on the disposal field. This may compact the soil and crush the piping.
Don’t plant anything over the disposal field except grass. Especially Don’t cover the tank or field with asphalt or concrete or other impermeable material.
Don’t put in a separate pipe to carry wash waters to a side ditch or woods. These “greywaters” also contain disease- carrying organisms.
Above all else- Don’t wait for signs of failure. Check the system regularly.
Don’t flush the following items into your septic system:
Fats, grease and oils
Pills and unused medication
Other chemical wastes
North Texas Septic Conventional and Aerobic Systems Specialist
RID-X usage. Not recommended.
Quote from their website:
“Sludge in large quantities can be eliminated by only a professional pumper. You should have a pumper inspect your system to determine if the accumulation of solid waste is too high and needs to be removed. You should not inspect the tank yourself since the gasses that accumulate in the tank can be lethal.”
If you are concerned with the levels of sludge in your septic tank call North Texas Septic and schedule a service call for a certified technician to visit your house and personally check your sludge levels. Please call 682-225-2768.