Septic System Health
Twelve Simple Ways To Keep A Septic System Healthy
1. Have a septic tank pumped every 3-5 years.
2. Make sure the septic tank is watertight and have an approved effluent filter installed.
3. Keep all toxic and hazardous chemicals out of the systems
4. Minimize dumping of fats and cooking oils down the drain.
5. Keep all foreign solids out of the systems (cat box litter, sanitary napkins, cigarette filters, paper towels, etc.
6. Be conservative in water usage. Space out laundry washing. Consider low-flush toilets & low-flow faucets. Fix all leaks promptly.
7. Maintain adequate vegetation as cover over the drainfield.
8. Keep surface waters away from the tank & drainfield. Fill in low depressions over drainfield area.
9. Keep heavy vehicles & equipment off the drainfield.
10. Have the systems inspected regularly by a professional septic systems contractor, certified for this type of service.
11. Keep map & drawings of the systems.
12. Keep maintenance records.
Sim/Tech STF-110 4" Septic Tank Bristle Filter
PLEASE DON’T USE SEPTIC TANK ADDITIVES.
Septic systems additives are truly a waste of money and nearly all are harmful to the
environment. Septic systems additives “supposedly” break down fats and solids in
the septic tank. In practice, this just allows smaller particulates to pass through the
septic filter (hopefully you have one) where they re-unite in leach field forming a
dense bio-mat. We would never suggest flushing septic systems additives into your
The EPA does not approve of any of them – none of these septic cleaning and/or maintenance products have been proven effective. At best, they will do no harm to your septic systems or the environment, just waste your money. For me, the deciding factor is to ask yourself if you would like to see these additives find their way into your well water.
A properly designed and maintained systems septic tank is going to operate just fine without additives. Avoid those “too good to be true” septic systems additives on the market and TV today.
Septic tanks are designed to retain solids that accumulate over time. Some of these solids are byproducts of the waste treatment process, while others are materials that may not be capable of being processed, such as human hair. It is important that the solids are retained in the septic tank and not released to the drain field. Excessive discharge of solids to the drain field may cause it to plug and lose efficiency in treatment and dispersal of the normal liquid flow. If the problem persists, the drain field may need to be replaced.
Septic tank effluent filters provide a relatively inexpensive means of preventing solids discharge. They are installed at the outlet of the septic tank, collecting solids that may be discharged from the tank. Solids accumulation in the filter will cause poor performance of the septic tank, but creates a problem that is far easier and less expensive to clean and maintain than solids accumulation in the drain field.
NEW OREGON DEQ GUIDELINES
There are inspections for homeowners who want to remodel their homes with additions to the house or property.
There are inspections for hardship cases for homeowners who want to add a mobile home to the property and attach to the existing septic systems.
There is the "time of transfer" inspection / evaluation when the homeowner is selling the property.
Each of these inspections require that the tank be uncovered, the distribution box(es) be uncovered, that there is an amount of water introduced to the tank, to watch the contents flow to the distribution box and be accepted by a "thirsty" drainfield, to pump the tank and note any deficiencies.
To do an inspection on any and all pump vault components and panels along with electrical connections. To provide a detailed plot plan meeting all DEQ Specified requirements with all DEQ forms filled in completely with our technicians "certified" number and identification on the reports.
Should any repairs be needed to help bring your systems "up to date" with compliance codes. We will outline the repairs and the cost and schedule an appointment for you. This gives you time to make an informed decision, ask questions, research websites, or ask for comparison bids for repair or work on fitting the repairs into your budget.
Your septic systems is the second biggest investment, next to your home and Goodman Sanitation will be considerate on how you spend your money.