Have Your Tank Pumped & Inspected Regularly
When you should have your septic tank pumped really depends on the size of the tank and the number of people using the plumbing system in your home, cottage, or business. The Ministry of the Environment’s general rule is that septic tanks should be inspected regularly and pumped every 3-5 years. Generally, a holding tank needs to be pumped every 6-8 weeks for a permanent residence. If you are unsure when the septic tank was last pumped, the best thing you can do is to have it inspected and then pumped if necessary. If you are buying a home or cottage that has a septic tank, your septic inspection report will outline when you should have your tank pumped.
Do Not Flush or Drain Anything Non-Biodegradable
Anything non-biodegradable should not go in the tank! Materials such as cooking oils and fats, diapers, Q-tips, latex paints, dental floss, feminine products, sanitary napkins, condoms, paper towels, facial wipes, cat litter, plastics, cigarettes. coffee grounds, eggshells, and other kitchen wastes, should never be put into the septic system.
Use Warm Water for Laundry
Cold water wash settings on laundry machines can lower the overall temperature of your septic tank and kill off useful bacteria. During the winter, cold tank temperatures can even cause parts of your septic system to freeze.
Use Eco-Friendly & Septic Safe Cleaning Products
Say goodbye to toxic, harmful chemicals & cleaners. Avoid all household products that have any warning symbols or hazardous ingredient warnings.
- Use regular soap as opposed to antibacterial
- Use peroxide bleach (non-chlorine) instead of chlorine bleach
- Use non-chlorinated, biodegradable & phosphate free dishwashing products
- Use only completely biodegradable dishwashing liquid
- Use only Liquid & completely biodegradable laundry detergent