SepticSmart: Do's and Don'ts of Septic Maintenance

Do:

  • Conserve water to avoid overloading your system.
  • Have your system pumped regularly (every 2-4 years, depending on use).
  • Use substitutes for hazardous household chemicals.
  • Learn the location of your septic tank and drain field. Keep a sketch of it handy with your maintenance records for service visits.
  • Cover the drain field with a grass cover to prevent erosion and remove excess water.
  • Keep your septic tank cover accessible for inspections and pumpings. Install risers, if necessary.
  • Keep a detailed record of repairs, pumpings, inspections, permits issued, and other maintenance activities.
  • Get your septic system permitted and approved by Boulder County Public Health.

Don't:

  • Put dental floss, feminine hygiene products, condoms, diapers, cotton swabs, cigarette butts, cat litter, paper towels, latex paint, pesticides, or other hazardous chemicals into your septic system.
  • Use caustic drain openers for a clogged drain. Instead, use boiling water or a drain snake to open clogs.
  • Allow vehicles or livestock on your septic system. Doing so can compact the soil or damage the pipes, tank, or other septic system components.
  • Plant anything over or near the drain field, except grass. Roots from nearby trees or shrubs may clog and damage drain lines.
  • Dig in your drain field or build anything over it, and don’t cover the drain field with hard surfaces, such as concrete or asphalt.
  • Make or allow repairs to your septic system without obtaining the required permit. Use professionally licensed septic contractors when needed.

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