How to Keep Your Septic System Running Smoothly

If your home or farm relies on a septic system for wastewater removal, it’s important to keep maintenance in mind. Normally, a septic tank can easily last for 20-30 years without needing major repairs or replacement – but that’s only if you treat it right.

Dr. Connie’s Natural Solutions offers our own all-natural septic tank treatment, full of natural bacteria that increase waste disposal while reducing odors. However, that’s just the start of good septic tank care and maintenance. Here are a few other things to keep in mind.

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Five Vital Tips for Protecting Your Septic System

  1. Never let your tank fill up all the way

No matter how well your septic system is processing waste, it will slowly fill up with solid matter which can’t be broken down. So, the tank will need to be drained from time to time. Typically, it takes around 3-5 years for a septic tank to fill up entirely – but don’t let that happen. A nearly-full septic tank can start spilling out into the ground, or even backing up into your home!

If you have the tank cleaned every 2-4 years, you don’t have to worry about any messes.

  1. Keep heavy objects away from the tank and drain field

You should know exactly where both your septic tank and its drain field are, and be careful not to put anything heavy on them, such as parked vehicles. The drain field, in particular, is very vulnerable to damage from above. We recommend using flags to mark their locations – which will also be helpful if you ever need repairs done.

  1. Never flush foreign objects

Septic systems cannot handle having random items flushed into them, unlike a municipal sewer system. The only things which should go into your septic tank are human waste and toilet paper. Anything else could potentially cause clogs, damage the tank or drain field, or disrupt the ecosystem within the tank. So, throw them away; don’t flush them.


  1. Keep food waste to a minimum

Food waste can also cause problems in a septic tank, so always thoroughly scrape off plates, bowls, and cooking utensils before washing them in the sink. Be especially careful not to let oil or grease into your septic tank – they can do a lot of damage. And if you have a garbage disposal, don’t use it. They are really only suitable for sewer systems and are terrible for septic tanks.

  1. Keep runoff away from the septic system

Be sure your land’s grading and runoff is diverted away from the septic system, particularly the drain field. Additional water in the drain field can disrupt its function, or cause waste materials to overflow into your lawn.

Dr. Connie’s Natural Solutions

If you are having issues with your septic system, Dr. Connie’s septic tank treatment can help! It’s a carefully crafted blend of natural bacterial agents chosen to provide the best possible waste management inside your septic tank. Click here to learn more!