Septic System Maintenance

Don’t trust just anyone with your septic tank maintenance needs. If the job isn’t done correctly, you could be left with a costly mess on your hands. At Heritage Pumping, our goal is to help your septic system function at its best.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the average septic system should be pumped, cleaned, and inspected at least every three years. More frequent inspections can be required based on number of people in the household, amount of water usage, and other factors. Heritage Pumping will expertly pump, inspect, and clean your septic system so that it operates at its best.

To keep your septic system in good working condition and to avoid problems, t is very important to watch what goes into it.

Some household chemicals like bleach and anti-bacterial soaps can kill beneficial bacteria, so you should avoid flushing them down your drains. According to the EPA, flushing or pouring the wrong items—things like cooking oil, grease, toxic cleaners, and paints—into your septic system can also increase how often you need to have your septic tank pumped.
Only two things should go into the septic system: waste and toilet paper! A general list of “flushing no-no’s” include:

  • Food
  • Grease and Oil of any type. These include Gravy, Butter, Lotion, Balms, etc. Put oils and grease into a container to cool, then dispose of in trash.
  • Condoms, Tampons, Pads, Diapers
  • Wrappers
  • Q-tips
  • Medicines
  • Cigarettes
  • Drano or other “unclogging” chemicals
  • Chemicals such as Paint Thinner, Turpentine, or Bleach
  • Cat Litter
  • Dyes and Paints of any kind
  • Baby or Personal Wipes
  • Paper towels

Furthermore, it is helpful to reduce the amount of dishwasher and laundry soap that you use, as this ends up in the septic system. Put a type of additive into the system consistently. Heritage Pumping can advise you what will work best.

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1997 Bedford Street, Bridgewater, MA 02324