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Simple Septic Tips for Easy Maintenance

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You have plenty of details to think about each day. One thing you’d probably rather not worry about is your septic system. Fortunately, if you follow a few simple tips to keep your septic system working efficiently, you shouldn’t have to worry about it at all.


Your septic system depends on bacteria to digest solids. But if the bacteria are overwhelmed by too many solids, they can’t do their work, so try not to use your garbage disposal too much. Certain things, like coffee grounds, cigarette butts, and facial tissues are very difficult to break down, so keep them out of your system. Familiarize yourself with the things that shouldn’t be added to your system. Once you get used to the habits that baby your bacteria, you won’t have to give it a thought.

Opt for septic safe products, like toilet paper and detergent. They’re formulated to break down well and don’t contain additives that can cause clogs. Choose cleaning products carefully, too. Bleach is usually safe in the laundry, but in general, you want to avoid too many antibacterial products.


It’s important not to compact the soil on top of your leach field. Don’t drive or park on top of it. Keep drainage directed away, too. If that soil becomes too compacted or waterlogged, the system won’t function properly. Planting grass over it will help keep erosion under control. However, trees can clog pipes with their roots, so plant them about 100 feet away.

If you’re building on your property, keep in mind that adding a structure like a pool over your system is not safe, and will make it difficult or impossible to access it for maintenance. Give it some breathing room, and it will return the favor!


  • Service your system regularly. Don’t wait until you have a problem. Regular maintenance will prevent big problems and can find small problems before they grow.
  • Install a filter to keep your leach field free of debris. This will ward off clogs and damage that can be expensive to repair.
  • Use a bacterial additive. Regularly topping off the hard-working bacteria in your system will keep things running smoothly.

We’re here at Kline’s Services to answer any questions. Give us a call and let us know how we can help.

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