Maintenance Tips

Mike’s Septic System Do’s & Don’ts


Pump your septic tank on a regular basis. The Health Department recommends every 3 – 4 years, depending on the size of your family and whether or not you use a garbage disposal, water softener, or whirlpool.

Conserve water as much as possible. For example, try to avoid letting the water run while washing hands and brushing teeth. Avoid taking long showers.

Consider installing water-saving devices in faucets and shower-heads.

Repair any leaking faucets or running toilets, and use washing machines and dishwashers only when full.

Divert other sources of water, like roof drains, house footing drains, and sump pumps, away from the septic system.

If your septic tank has an effluent filter over the outlet end of the tank, pull it periodically and spray it off with a garden hose. Failure to clean it on a regular basis may result in water surfacing over your tank or a backup in your house. The home owner is responsible for the maintenance of the filter unless Devine Septic is asked to provide this service. This filter can add years to your septic system. (Call Devine Septic if you have questions about this).

If at all possible, reroute your water softener to a separate tile so it does not regenerate into the septic system. However, no water softener should ever discharge into an AdvanTex septic system.


Do not put grease, coffee grounds or egg shells down a garbage disposal

Do not use powdered laundry detergents – they contain clay and fillers; do not use liquid fabric softener in the washing machine; rather use dryer sheets

Do not flush tampons, wipes, kitty litter, tissues, cigarette butts, condoms, disposable diapers, paints, varnishes, thinners, waste oil, pesticides, etc.

Do not do all of your laundries on one day or only on the weekend – space out your water usage over the entire week

Do not drive heavy equipment or vehicles over your system

Do not dig in your drain field or build anything over it or over your septic tanks – such as a patio or driveway. Know where your system and its pipes are located. The area over the drain field should have only a grass cover. The grass will not only prevent erosion but will help remove excess water.

Do not change any landscaping unless you are sure it will not divert water to your tank or drain field.

Do not plant water-seeking trees (such as willow, birch, or soft maple) too near your drain field as their roots will invade it and cause problems over time.

Do not allow drywall workers or painters to rinse their buckets or brushes in the house; rather, have them go outside and rinse with a garden hose.

Do not use gel packs for dishwashing or laundry.


Pumping Recommendations for Residential Homeowners

Family Size

2 – 3

3 – 4

4 – 5


Recommended Pumping

2 – 3 years

1 – 2 years


6 months to a year

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