Septic System Operation
Coppola Services, Inc.
Serving New York, New Jersey and Connecticut
Septic Operation DO’s
DO avoid showering and bathing at times when dishwashers and laundry are in use.
DO have your septic tank cleaned regularly by a licensed contractor every 2-3 years.
DO keep your septic tank cover accessible for inspections and cleanings. Have risers installed if necessary.
DO call a professional whenever you experience problems with your septic system, or if there are any signs of system failure.
DO keep a detailed record of repairs, pumpings, inspections, permits issued, and other maintenance activities.
Septic Operation DON’Ts
DON’T flush inert or non-biodegradable items down sinks or toilets. Items such as disposable diapers, cat litter, cigarette filters, sanitary napkins, paper towels, condoms or similar materials may result in clogging of the plumbing and will result in the need to prematurely pump the septic tank.
DON’T flush toxic substances down sinks or toilets. Introduction of substances such as waste motor oil, oil-based or acrylic paints, varnishes, photographic solutions, pesticides, insecticides, paint thinners, and organic solvents and degreasers into a septic system not only compromises its performance, but also contributes to ground water pollution.
DON’T plant trees or other vegetation with extensive and deep root systems. Tree roots are capable of exerting enough pressure to rupture or dislodge distribution boxes, connecting pipes, manifolds and laterals. Grass is the best vegetative cover for absorption areas. It has a great capacity to consume water and does not have a woody root system, which can physically disrupt the absorption area.
DON’T divert surface water runoff towards the absorption area. The increased volume of water infiltrating into the absorption area can result in hydraulic overloading and ultimately septic system malfunction.
DON’T construct driveways, parking lots, accessory buildings, additions to the main building, decks or patios, which encroach upon any component of the septic system. The presence of any of the above in immediate proximity to a septic system may adversely affect the functioning of the system or interfere with system maintenance.
If Your Septic System Fails
The homeowner with a septic system must not only be vigilant in how they operate and maintain their septic system, but must also be cognizant of indications of impending septic system failure.
If you recognize indications of septic system failure, you should contact your local health department prior to taking any action to ascertain possible corrective measures and the need for approvals or permits.
If your septic system has failed or if you’re in need of repair or maintenance, find out how we can help. Call 1-800-274-6279 or contact us online. We are available for emergencies 7 days a week.
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