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Educate Yourself!

Learning about your septic system is key to keeping it functioning properly and saving you money!

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EPA's SepticSmart week 2023 will be September 18 - 22, 2023. In addition, Michigan Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) will be hosting a webinar "Know Your Septic System!"" on September 18 at 9:00 a.m. - Register here.


Have your system inspected every 3 years by a reputable septic tank service contractor. When necessary, have your tank pumped out. At a minimum, septic tanks should be pumped out every 3-5 years.


Minimize water inputs into your system by installing water-saving fixtures such as low-flow toilets, faucets and shower-heads. Visit EPA's site to learn more. Reduce the use of harsh chemicals that get washed down the drain and into your septic system. The chemicals can actually kill the beneficial bacteria necessary for the breakdown of the wastes entering your system. Dispose of non-degradable items such as fats, oil and grease, hair, tampons and disposable diapers and wipes in the trash. These materials will not break down and can cause clogging and premature failure of your system. Try composting kitchen scraps such as egg shells, coffee grounds, vegetable wastes and other organic kitchen wastes instead of putting them in the garbage disposal. Visit EPA's site for more composting ideas.


Please take our survey if you watched the webinar so we can improve future webinars. Download the PDF of the slides from the Septic System Maintenance Webinar If you would like septic system information mailed to you, please email your address to us.


Point your downspouts away from the drainfield. Do not plant shrubs and trees on the drainfield of your septic system. The root systems could interfere with the infrastructure which can lead to premature system failures. Plant only grass over and near your septic system. Don’t drive or park vehicles on any part of your septic system. Doing so can compact the soil in your drainfield or damage the pipes, tank or other septic system components.


Supplements and additives generally do not improve operation of your system. Some may actually harm your system by causing solids to be carried into the drainfield, which causes premature clogging. In addition, supplements containing organic solvents can cause groundwater contamination.

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