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How to Care for Your Septic System

For the benefit of our customers, River Valley Septic Service is glad to share must-know information on septic systems to keep them up-and-running. Below are some do's and don'ts when it comes to caring for your septic system.


Do have your tank pumped every 2 to 3 years for an average family of 4, as per the Department of Environment

Do pay attention to toilet paper consumption and what ply you use

Do pay attention to the extra ground or surface water adding unwanted pressure to your drainage field

Do know where your tank is and how to access it in case of a back up

Do have your baffles and filters inspected to make sure they are intact and functional

Do use liquid laundry detergent and dishwasher soap

Do pay attention to warning signs and address them promptly


Don’t dispose of paper towels, baby wipes or any feminine products by flushing

Don’t dispose of chemicals or excess cleaning products in your tank — they will kill good bacteria

Don’t drive heavy vehicles or equipment over any part of the septic system

Don’t plant trees, shrubs or gardens over the drainage bed

Warnings Signs of a Broken Septic System

Is there a problem with your septic system? Read these warning signs:

Do you experience slowing or backed up flushing of toilets, showers, washtubs, etc., in your home?

Is there discoloured water coming up from the basement tub or the lowest point in your house?

Has it been more than 2 years since the system was serviced by a licensed sewage hauler?

Are there wet, brown and spongy spots on your lawn where the septic field is located? Or oozing of discoloured liquid at end of drain bed or ditch?

Is there an odour in your basement or around the septic field?

Has the septic system had construction take place over the top of it? (Ex. pools, hot tubs, gardens, tree growth or anything that could interfere with the septic system)

If you answered yes to any of these questions, now would be a good time to give us a call to schedule an appointment to have your system serviced and inspected. Taking care of issues or just regular maintenance is much easier and more cost-efficient between April through November than it is to deal with issues when we are in the middle of another New Brunswick winter! Contact River Valley Septic Service today to book a service appointment at a convenient time.

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