Septic systems can be a great alternative to traditional sewer systems.  They are more economical, highly efficient, and simply designed. If you have a septic system, make sure you know how to properly maintain it.

Absorption Field
Never drive over the absorption field with cars, trucks, or heavy equipment.
Always plant trees and shrubbery away from the absorption field to prevent root damage to lines.
Never cover the field with any hard surfaces like asphalt, concrete, or stone. The best cover option is grass.
Divert any surface runoff from other areas away from the field.

Flush With Caution!
Many small items can wreak havoc on septic systems.
Never flush the following items: hair combings, coffee grounds, dental floss, disposable diapers, or kitty litter, sanitary napkins, tampons, cigarette butts, or condoms, gauze bandages, fat, grease, or oil, paper towels,
Always remember to never EVER flush any chemicals! (paints, varnishes, thinners, waste oil, and pesticides. This can contaminate groundwater.

JJ Greive

JJ & Suzanne are both licensed, highly skilled inspectors and educators. We are the authors of our class curriculum, and truly enjoy sharing this with our students


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