Septic Tanks Do’s and Don’ts

Septic Tanks Do’s and Don’ts That Every Homeowner Should Know

Septic tank lid with shovel and dirt pile

Septic tank lid with shovel and dirt pile

The septic system in your home is designed to work efficiently for several years. However, just like any other system, it can start causing problems if it is not used properly. A septic system that is misused can get backed up, resulting in a huge, foul-smelling disaster that can be toxic too.

One of the most important aspects of septic tank care is getting the septic tank pumped free of solids regularly. At Liberty Septic, we are experts in septic tank treatment and septic maintenance. Call us today for all your septic solutions so you can avoid bigger problems later down the road.

Take a look at some of the septic tanks do’s and don’ts:


Do minimize the amount of solid waste that is disposed of into the septic system. Too much solids can cause a blockage in the pipes, resulting in the disastrous backup.

Do take steps to reduce water usage by avoiding overly long showers and baths, using water saving shower heads.

Do use the washing machine and dishwasher judiciously by washing clothes or dishes only when the machine is full.

Do get all leaky faucets fixed. A faucet that keeps on dripping for days on end will eventually contribute to the overflow of the tank.

Do get regular septic tank inspection and septic cleaning done by a professional septic service.


Don’t throw grease and cooking oils into the kitchen drain. Oils and grease tend to solidify and harden in the pipes, and will clog the drain after a while.

Don’t use caustic cleaners when trying to clear a clogged drain. These cleaners contain ingredients that can kill the beneficial bacteria in the system that otherwise help in processing and dissolving the solid waste in the system. A safer way to clear a block drain is by using a specially designed snake pipe or boiling water.

Don’t flush non-biodegradable items such as diapers, cigarette butts, paper towels, tampons or feminine napkins as these too can block the sewer pipes.

Don’t plant deep rooted or water-loving trees and shrubs too close to the leach field. The roots of these trees and shrubs will grow long and strong and penetrate the leachfield pipes.

Don’t drive or park your car over the septic drain field as this could compact the earth in the area. This can hamper the field’s efficiency in processing the waste water.

The average life expectancy of a home septic system is about 20 years. Understanding and observing some of the more important septic tank do’s and don’ts will ensure that your septic system works efficiently, the way it was meant to.