Septic Systems

  • Maintain your septic system properly.
  • Have your septic tank pumped out every 3 to 5 years. This will allow your septic tank to operate efficiently.
  • Use a grit screen in the septic tank. This keeps solids in the tank and prevents them from clogging the drain lines.
  • Minimize use of your garbage disposal. Garbage disposals contribute unnecessary solids and grease to your septic system. Compost kitchen waste instead.
  • Don't use toilets as trash cans.
  • Know the components and layout of your septic system.
  • Keep heavy vehicles away from the system. This compacts the soil and reduces efficiency.
  • Don't plant trees or shrubs near the drain field since their roots can clog the drain lines.
  • Distribute your laundry chores throughout the week to avoid overloading the system on any given day.
  • Healthy colonies of bacteria in your septic tank are necessary for the process that treats wastewater and reduces nutrient inputs into the groundwater. Do not flush or pour anything into your drains that will kill the bacteria that live in your septic tank.
  • Reduce your input of pollutants by using alternative nontoxic products such as; water based products, low-phosphate or phosphate free detergents.
  • Read the label to find out how to dispose of household chemicals properly.

For more information on maintaining your septic system or to report leaking septic systems, contact Lake County Environmental Health at 707-263-1164.