Inside the septic tank millions of bacteria break down organic substances and contribute to the treatment process, Disposal of strong chemicals such as household cleaners, paints, varnishes, solvents, garden pesticides and photographic chemicals can kill these bacteria and disrupt the treatment process. Also they can damage the soil drainfield or contaminate local wells. Ordinary use of sink and toilet bowl cleaners shouldn't cause problems: however, excessive use can be detrimental.

Items that should never enter your septic system include disposable diapers, sanitary napkins, paper towels, rags, coffee grounds, grease, cigarette butts, tampons, Kleenex, cotton balls. Providing and using a sink strainer fine enough in mesh to retain the coffee grounds and other fine material will help keep the system In working order.

Also use single-ply white toilet tissue because it breaks down easily, Most homeowners can decrease their water consumption by 20-30 percent. Besides being beneficial for your septic system, such conservation saves wear and tear on the well pump and saves you money on hot water heating expenses.

Septic tanks and soil absorption systems are frequently damaged when heavy equipment, trucks and even large livestock (such as horses) pass over them, An accurate diagram of the system enables the homeowner to keep these loads from the critical areas, and also provides easy locating when tank is due to be pumped.