Hanson: How to Take Care of my Septic System

We moved into our new home two years ago and our septic tank has a filter on it. Last year we had an issue had had a backup into the basement. So we now know that we need to clean the filter each year. Well we haven’t done it yet and this moSepticHanson rning I went to the basement to find water….Again. So I was really interested in How to Take Care of my Septic System.

So before heading to work we were out digging up the cover and cleaning the filter. But it was too late the clog was there between the house and the tank. So I had to call in the plumbers to snake out the line, AGAIN. The annoying part is we know better.

But after talking with some clients about this morning’s experience I was surprised to learn that many people don’t know how to properly take care of their septic tank. So here are a few helpful suggestions to keep your system in good working order.


What should go in your septic system?

  1. Waste
  2. Toilet paper
  3. Soap used for washing dishes, bodies, and clothes.


What is harmful to your system?

Some items include but are not limited to:
Food, Paint,Grease, Oils, Sauces, Wipes (baby & personal), Condoms, Paper towels, Wrappers,Q-tips,Feminine products,Diapers, Chemicals, Medicines, Bleach, Cigarette butts


Tips to help keep your system well maintained:

1. Clean extra food of plates into garbage or composter (if non animal products)

2. Dispose of oils into trash

3. Avoid hazardous chemicals- Do not rinse off paint brushes in the sink.  Even small amounts of paints, varnishes, thinners, waste oil, photographic solutions, pesticides, and other organic chemicals can destroy helpful bacteria and the biological digestion taking place within your system.

4. Have your system pumped regularly

5. Clean filter regularly (if you have one)

6. Add a type of bacteria regularly to system.

7. Don’t plant anything but grass near your septic system—roots from shrubs and trees can cause damage

8. Have your system inspected annually to reveal any problems.


For more tips on your Septic maintenance you should call your local septic company, they will  be happy to answer any additional How to Take Care of my Septic System questions you might have. For other Home Improvement tips and information please give Almar Building & Remodeling a call at 781-826-2577

Craig Guido

With 20 years of remodeling experience both in the field and working in collaboration with homeowners to develop remodeling projects designed to fit your lifestyle.