Septic System Complaints / Information

Septic System Management Tips
All septic tanks should be pumped at least every three years; failure to pump tanks out is the number one reason for system failure.
  • Do not flush or pour any items not intended for septic disposal in the drain including:
    • Cat litter
    • Cigarette butts
    • Cooking oil / grease
    • Feminine products
    • Motor oil / chemicals
    • Prophylactics
  • Do not use excessive amounts of water at one time
    • Fix all leaky fixtures
    • Keep showers short
    • Make sure that toilets do not run
    • Spread heavy use water activities throughout the day
    • Spread out loads of laundry over the entire week

For more information, a Homeowner's Manual for Septic Systems is a available at the Health Department.

Note: A permit is required for any repairs/alterations to an existing septic system.