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How Does it Work?

Everything & we mean everything that goes down  your sinks, toilets & drains, flows from your house to your septic tank then drainfield. 

Do's & Don'ts

Do Think. Flush only wees and poos with septic-safe paper down the toilet. For sinks & drains keep it to liquids & gentle detergents (no garbage disposals).

When to Pump?

Generally, every 3-5 years

depending on tank size, usage, age & condition of the system. Regular inspections are key, we are here to guide you.

Still Unsure?

Continue reading below.

Give us a call or send us a message. We are here to help you understand your system and how to best care for it.


Everything that goes down a sink, toilet or drain runs out from your house via one main drainage pipe into your septic tank. Think kitchen and bathroom sinks, dishwasher, toilets, washing machines, floor drains etc.


The average lifespan of a septic system is 15 to 40 years, but it can last longer if properly maintained!


  • Think at the sink.

    • Consider what you put into your toilet and sink and the impact it may have on your system. Many common household items can either clog your system or kill the microbes that treat the wastewater.

    • “Cloggers” are pretty much anything that is not wee's and poo's and septic safe toilet paper.  Cloggers include non-septic-safe toilet paper, flushable wipes for adults and babies, tissues, coffee grounds, grease, feminine hygiene products, condoms, dental floss, cotton buds, food waste from garbage disposals. 

    • “Killers” include household chemicals, gasoline, oil, pesticides, antifreeze, paint, and high amounts of anti-bacterial soaps and detergents including bleach and non-septic-safe laundry detergents.

  • Don’t strain your drain.

    • The less water you use, the less your septic system has to work

    • Stagger the use of appliances (dishwashers and washing machines), use high-efficiency plumbing fixtures, and repair any leaks in your home.

  • Shield your field.

    • Keep your car and anything heavier than your lawnmower off your drainfield.

    • Eliminate or limit the use of a garbage disposal. This will significantly reduce the amount of fats, grease, and solids that enter your septic system and could clog your drainfield.

    • Plant trees away from the drainfield since tree roots can clog the field and cause the system to fail.

    • Keep excess water from irrigation, significant rainfall, snowmelt and or drains off the drainfield



  • Document your tank location, manholes and inspection ports

  • Establish condition of manholes and risers to access the tank

  • Establish tank material and size

  • Determine sludge levels, scum thickness and liquid level in the tank (this determines whether or not a pump is required)

  • Look for signs of tank leakage, such as low water levels in the tank

  • Look for signs of backup, such as staining in the tank above the outlet pipe

  • Determine the integrity of the tank, inlet, and outlet baffles

  • Inspect the drainfield for signs of system failure like standing water

  • Check to make sure systems with pump or siphon are working

  • Ensure system complies with local regulations regarding function and location.


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