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
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)