Helpful Tips

Most homeowners take the use of water in their home for granted. Not until they have a sewage back-up do they realize there is a problem.

By maintaining a regular septic cleaning and inspection schedule, you can help avoid back-ups and extend the life of your system.

How often you clean your tank is based on the number of people in your home and the amount of water used. We recommend your system be cleaned every two to three years. If you have a garbage disposal, use it sparingly and have your tank pumped every year.


  • Spread laundry out over several days. Washing laundry all on one day can put more water in the system than it can handle.

  • Use only liquid laundry soaps and dishwashing detergents. Powders can clump in your pipes and septic tank.

  • Educate your family about the proper use of the septic system.

  • Keep a permanent record of cleanings and the system location.

  • Install a riser if tank access is deeper than 12 inches below ground. State code is 12 inches or less.

  • Schedule regular cleanings and inspection of your system.


  • Don’t pour cooking oil and greases down the drains or toilets where it can cause back-ups.

  • Don’t use a lot of water all at one time. Space out showers, laundry and dish washing.

  • Don’t use septic cleaners/additives. The State of Connecticut does not recommend use of these chemicals.

  • Don’t flush any products but toilet tissue. This is a strict rule, never flush paper towels, feminine products, condoms, kitty litter or cigarette butts. Also, the flushing of chemicals such as paints, solvents and pesticides can contaminate surface and ground water.

  • Don’t drive automobiles or heavy equipment over your tank and leaching system.

  • Don’t plant trees and shrubs where their roots can damage your tank or system.

Link to St of CT Sewage Program.