Septic & Grease Do’s & Don’ts
Commercial Septic & Grease Service Do's
- Have the septic system inspected by our expert septic technicians to determine if septic pumping service is needed. Septic pumping frequency can vary depending on use of the septic system. Inadequate septic pumping will result in excessive accumulation of solids that can be carried over causing clogging of the system.
- Do keep an "as built" septic system diagram in a safe place for reference. This diagram will help to locate components of your septic system.
- Do keep traffic such as vehicles, heavy equipment or livestock away from your septic system and repair area. If necessary consider putting up a fence, hedge, or other barricade to prevent damage.
- Do practice water conservation and balance your water use throughout the week.
- Do take immediate action to correct problems when they arise. Please call us right away if you notice odors, slow drains or toilets.
- Repair any leaking faucets or toilets.
- Divert downspouts and other surface water away from your tank and drainfield. Excessive water keeps the soil from adequately cleansing the wastewater.
- Keep your septic tank cover accessible for inspections and pumping. Install risers with lids if necessary.
- Keep a detailed record of septic and grease repairs, pumping services, inspections, and other maintenance activities.
- Do install and maintain filters.
- Avoid constructing patios, decks, and paved surfaces over your septic or grease system.
- If you have an alternating leach field with a diversion valve, you should switch between leach fields once a year.
- Keep easy access to your septic, grease, and pump tank for fast pumping service and maintenance. There is nothing worse than a tank backup emergency that could mean sewage overflowing in your business parking lot due to waiting to locate and excavate your tank lids. It is highly recommended to properly install access risers to grade for fast pumping service and maintenance of your septic/grease tank. Contact us for details.
- If you do not have a outlet baffle filter installed in your septic tank, HAVE ONE INSTALLED! This is a very cheap device that will dramatically help keep the solids from your septic tank from entering your pump tank or drain field potentially causing damage and possible pre-mature failure of your system.
- Do have manually cleaned lint traps on your automatic washer.
- Do check any pumps, siphons, or other moving parts of your system regularly.
- Do maintain a healthy grass cover over the leach field to use some of the water and to prevent erosion.
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Commercial Septic & Grease Service Don'ts
- Don't flush trash or chemicals. Cleaners, solvents, oils and other chemicals can kill the natural microorganisms that treat your wastewater.
- Don't discharge water softener backwash into the septic tank. The backwash brine contains high levels of chlorides that can destroy microorganisms.
- Don't ever connect rain gutters or storm drains to the septic system or allow surface water to drain into it.
- Don't plant trees or other water loving deep rooting plants in the septic system area.
- Don't drive over your septic or grease tank and leach field or compact the soil in any way.
- Don't dig around the tank or leach field, or build anything over it, and don't cover it with a hard surface such as concrete or asphalt.
- Don't plant anything over or near the leach field except grass. Roots from nearby trees and shrubs may clog and damage the drain lines.
- Don't use your toilet as a trash can or poison your system and the groundwater by pouring harmful chemicals and cleansers down the drain. Harsh chemicals can kill the bacteria that help purify your wastewater.
- Never enter a septic or grease tank – toxic gases from the tank can kill. If your system develops problems, get advice from your city or town's health department or a licensed septic tank contractor.
- Don't flush any plastics or personal hygiene products
- Don't introduce chemical components into your wastewater treatment system or town sewer.
- Avoid introducing any unnecessary solid particle into your plumbing system. This includes things like coffee grinds, nut shells, dental floss, kitty litter, female hygiene products of any kind, cigarette butts, sand, gravel, etc. All of these things will fill the tank prematurely!
- Absolutely do not introduce paints (even latex!!!), solvents (gasoline, thinners, alcohol, etc.), varnishes, grease, cooking oil, pesticides, photographic chemicals, etc. into the septic system. These will kill the natural microbes that breakdown organic solid compounds in your tank!
- Don't flush old medicine down the toilet.
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