Septic Maintenance

The accumulated solids in the bottom of the septic tank should be pumped out every 3 to 5 years to prolong the life of your system. Septic systems must be maintained regularly to stay working. Neglect or abuse of your septic system can cause it to fail. Failing septic systems can:
  • Be very expensive to repair and put thousands of water supply users at risk if you live in a public water supply watershed and fail to maintain your system
  • Cause a serious health threat to your family and neighbors
  • Degrade the environment, especially lakes, streams and groundwater
  • Reduce the value of your property
Signs of a Failing System
Be alert to these warning signs of a failing system:
  • Lush, green growth over the drain field
  • Sewage back-ups in the house
  • Sewage odors
  • Sewage surfacing over the drain field (especially after storms)
  • Slow draining toilets or drains
Septic System Cutaway