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2-10 Maintenance Guide / Systems Maintenance / Septic System Maintenance

Systems Maintenance

Septic System Maintenance

To keep your wastewater system working as intended
Once a year
  • Know the location of your septic tank and drain field.
  • Have your septic tank inspected annually by a licensed contractor or health department official. Inspection will reveal problems before they become serious and tell you when the tank needs to be pumped.
  • Periodically check the drain field for a foul odor, excessive wetness, or overly lush grass growth, which may be warning signs of a failing system.
  • Never drive or park over any part of the system.
  • Do not plant anything but grass over or near drain field, as tree and shrub roots may cause clogging.