Homeowner Use and Maintenance Guidelines
A septic system consists of two basic parts. First a septic tank, and second an underground disposal field. Bacteria break down solids forming a sludge that is moved by incoming water out to the disposal field, filtered out into the soil. To help preserve the effectiveness of the system, keep these points in mind:
8 Avoid disposing of chemicals such as solvents, oils, points, and so on through the septic system
8 Avoid using commercial drain cleaners. They can kill the bacteria that are working to break down the solid waste matter.
8 Food from disposal decomposes more slowly and adds to the solids in the tank. Coffee grounds may clog the system.
8 Avoid disposing of any paper product (diapers, sanitary supplies, paper towels, and so on) other than toilet paper through the system.
8 Do not rely on yeast or chemical additive to digest sludge. They are not an alternative to regular pumping and may actually harm the system.
8 drain surface water away from the disposal field. Eliminate unnecessary sources of water in the area of the disposal field. Plant only sod over the disposal field. Avoid fertilizers in this area.
8 Conserve indoor water use to put less strain on the system. Correct leaky faucets or running toilets promptly. Keep in mind that a water softener will generate 30 to 85 gallons of water every regeneration cycle.
8 Do not drive on the disposal field or build over it.
Pumping the System
Over time, the matter not broken down by the bacteria can clog the system. This will happen despite careful use and good maintenance. Regular pumping to clean out the tank is essential to prevent serious problems—usually every 1 to 2 years, more often if usage is heavy.
Signs that your septic system is failing include:
8 Blackwater with a foul odor backing up in drains or toilets.
8 Toilets flush slowly.
8 Water ponds on top of the disposal field.
8 Grass stays green over the disposal field even in dry weather.
If you believe your system requires attention, call a professional to assess the situation. Have the system pumped. If a new system is required, a permit must be obtained from the county or municipality where your home is located.
Before installing a water softener, discuss with the vendor whether the system you are considering will adversely affect your septic system.
Parasol Limited Warranty Guidelines
During the orientation, we confirm that the septic system is working properly and that you are familiar with the location of the tank and disposal field.
While we install the system per codes and plans based on your soil conditions, we do not warrant that the septic system will function indefinitely. Weather, groundwater, environmental conditions, topography, as well as your family's habits, can all generate unpredictable effects.