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Septic Tank Do's and Don'ts

When you have a septic system, you need to know what you should and shouldn't do. Mistakes with your system can cause a lifetime of hurt, and we want to make sure our customers know what to do, and what not to do.

What should you do?

- Know the location and capacity of your septic system tank

- Have Superior Septic inspect your tank at least every three years

- Spread laundry use over the week rather than many loads on one day

- Install the system so that rainfall and surface water will flow away from the drain field 

- Grow grass above the system

- Install water conservation fixtures or devices to reduce the total volume of water entering the system

- Keep plumbing fixtures such as toilets and faucets in good repair to prevent leakage and wasting of water

- Call superior septic with and questions/concerns, or if any problems arise. (352) 567-2000

What shouldn't you do?

- Never use ordinary household cleaning chemicals that will be flushed into the system

- Never allow grease or other bulky waste to enter the system

- Never allow hard chemicals such as solvents, industry chemicals, or pesticides to be flushed into the system

- Never plant trees or shrubbery over the drainfield

- Don't allow vehicles to drive or park over the drainfield

- Don't point downspouts toward the septic system

- Don't build over the drainfield or cover it with hard surface such as asphalt, concrete, pavers, etc.

No Flush List

- Baby wipes (even if they say flushable)

- Cigarettes

- Cloths/Rags

- Coffee grounds

- Condoms

- Disinfectants

- Disposable diapers

- Fats, grease, and oils

- Hair

- Napkins

- Paints

- Paper towels

- Pesticides

- Pills and unused medications

- Plastic materials

- Tampons 

- Tissues

- Varnishes

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