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What is a Septic System?
A septic system consists of your plumbing fixtures and pipes in your house, the sewer service lines running into your septic tank, an air vent, a septic tank with an outlet discharging wastes into effluent soil absorption drain field. 
When your septic system is suitably located, adequately designed, correctly installed and properly maintained, you will have a waste disposal system that is safe and effective. A maintenance program is the key to extending the life of your septic system and preventing damage to your property, which can be very costly when trouble occurs. 
WARNING SIGNS OF A CONTAMINATED TANK 
Sluggish drains 
Plumbing backup in your bathroom and kitchen 
Awful odor in your drains or yard 
Mushy ground or greener grass in septic tank area 
Your system should be pumped out every 1-3 years. This will help you avoid the disasters that will and do occur.
DO...Use biodegradable products, including laundry soap and shampoos. 
 Pump tank at proper intervals (usually 1 to 3 years). 
 Limit water entering your septic tank  
oUse water-waving fixtures (faucets, bath, showers, and toilet). 
oSpread clothes washing over entire week; avoid half-loads. 
oPrevent roof and basement drainage from entering tank. 
oMinimize the amount of water family uses for baths, showers, shaving, dishwashing, and clothes washing. 
oFix all faucets and toilet float valve leaks. 
DON'T... Don't put harmful materials into your septic tank.
oGrease or oil from cooking. 
oConcentrated chemicals (lye or muriatic acid). 
oPaint or paint thinner. 
oGasoline or motor oil. 
oPoisons, disinfectants or Drano. 
oCoffee grounds or food scraps. 
oPaper towels. 
oDisposable diapers. 
oSanitary napkins or tampons. 
oCigarette filters or matches. 
oPesticides or herbicides used in lawn and garden care. 
oSand from cat box or in clothing when washed. 
oSudsy detergents (non-biodegradable). 
2.Don't use a garbage disposal unit (requires annual tank pump-out if you do). 
3.Don't drive your car or truck over septic tank or septic field for off-loading, pick-up or parking. 
4.Don't build patio, driveway or swimming pool over your septic tank or septic field.

The U.S. Government Department of Health, Education, and Welfare Public Health Service
"A septic tank system will serve a home satisfactorily only if it is properly designed, installed, and adequately maintained. Even a good system which does not have proper care and attention may become a nuisance and burdensome expense."