Harman's Septic Care
Tips to help save your septic!



How Your Septic System Works:

Septic Tank:


Ways to protect your system:


  • Conserve on water - Reducing how much water that you use allows your septic tank time to separate solid waste from water waste and drain the water waste to the septic field. Check your home for leaking faucets and running toilets. Installing high-efficient systems, including low-flow toilets, with help to conserve on how much water is used.
  • Give your tank a check-up - When you have your septic tank pumped out, you should have your system and tank inspected to ensure working order. If you have 1,000 gallon tank with 4 people and no garbage disposal, your tank should be pumped out every 2 -3 years. With only 2 people living in a house hold a pump out is recommended every 4 -5 years.
  • Protect you tank and field - Do not put heavy objects over your tank or drain fields like cars, RVs, sheds, cement pads, or above ground pools. Heavy weights can crush and damage your tank, pipes and drain fields. This could also prevent them from working properly or reduce the effectiveness of your system.
  • Know your roots - Watch out for your tree roots. Tree and brush roots can infiltrate your septic tank and drain fields. This could prevent your system from working properly and roots can destroy your tank.
  • Trash goes in the can - Do not put things like dental floss, feminine hygiene products, diapers, cigarettes, cat litter, Kleenex, cotton swabs/Q-tips, coffee grounds, paper towels, paints, grease (bacon fat, cooking oil, lard), bleach, or over use of household cleaning products down you toilets, sinks and drains. These items can clog your system or prevent bacteria from breaking down waste.
  •  Go without a garbage disposal - Using garbage disposals can add more water waste to your tank and the bile residue from garbage disposals can clog pipes and drain fields. If you do have a garbage disposal and use it frequently, it is recommended that you have your tank pumped more often (preferably every year).
  • Too Clean - The use of hand/body/hair soaps, dish detergent, laundry detergent, house-hold cleaners and bleach can kill essential bacteria that is necessary to break down waste in septic systems. Instead use environmentally friendly soaps and toilet paper that is septic safe.
  • Help your bacteria - Flushing products like 'RID-X' every few months can give your bacteria a fighting chance to break down waste in your septic tank. If you prefer a natural product, buttermilk is rich in bacteria and can be flushed every few months.
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