Septic Systems

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Is your septic system healthy? How do you know if your system is failing? John and Ben use their noses to help you keep your home smelling sweet.



1. If You're Buying a Home With a Septic System

A. Have the system inspected.

B. Unless the previous owner pumped the septic tank recently, have it pumped when you move in.


2. How to Know if Your Septic System Has Failed

It's difficult to anticipate a septic system failure unless you are performing regular maintenance (see #3). Here are the signs of a failure:

  • More than one slow drain

  • Slow toilet flushing

  • Water backing up inside your home through the toilet or other drains

  • Foul odor inside your home or outside near the drain field

  • Very green grass over the septic field

  • Wet grass only over the septic field

3. How to Prevent Septic System Failure

  • Minimize the amount of water you use.

  • Minimize or eliminate use of the garbage disposal. Instead, compost.

  • Minimize the amount of soap, detergent, and chemicals you use, because they kill the bacteria your system needs to stay healthy.

  • Your drain field should be a mound, not a trough.

  • Do not fertilize the grass over your drain field.

  • Do not include the grass over your drain field in an automatic sprinkler schedule.

  • Do not install hard surfaces such as patio pavers or concreate over the field.

  • Do not drive or park on top of the drain field.

  • Have your septic tank pumped every 3-5 years depending on the number of people in your household and the size of your tank.

Call us at 517-295-3948 for a pumping recommendation specific

to your situation.

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