Septic System Maintenance Tips

  • You do not need to use commercial septic tank additives.
  • Do NOT wait until you experience “problems” before calling for septic service!  You could be causing unrepairable damage to the system.
  • An effluent filter and access riser can add years of life to your septic system.
  • If you have a pump system, an alarm can notify you of pump failure in advance of a “backup”.
  • If you hear a gurgling sound in your drain, or other plumbing fixtures, you should call a septic service professional right away.
  • Northern climates require some awareness by septic system owners.  You should not drive on, or plow over a septic tank / drainfield area, as this could lead to frozen pipes, etc.
  • Avoid constructing building additions, garages, decks, etc over the septic tank.  Have your septic service professional come out to mark the location of the septic system if you plan to add structures to your property.
  • Have Jack Millikin, Inc. install a riser for easy access, and maintenance of your septic system.
  • A “cleanout” is not the port which allows cleaning / pumping of the septic tank.  It is an access to the drain line leading to the septic tank which allows for snaking the line in the event that an obstruction becomes trapped in the line.
  • Avoid putting these items down your drains:  food, grease, cigarette butts, feminine hygiene products, cat litter, coffee grounds, paint, bleach, prescription medications, commercial cleansing wipes (particularly if you have a solid sewage pump system).
  • Garbage grinders / disposals should be used minimally, and if used, the septic tank should be serviced annually.