For Regular Household Activities
Avoid Putting Down the Drains
Limit laundry loads to 1-2 full loads per day.
Don't leave the water running when brushing teeth or shaving.
Minimize the use of the garbage disposal.
Don't use caustic drain openers.
Don't use water purifiers or softeners.
Run the dishwasher only when it's full.
Make sure all the faucets are turned off when not in use.
Protect Your Drain Field
Your Septic System Might Be Failing If -
I don't have to have my tank pumped; it has a pump.
My septic system will last a lifetime.
I have a new system. I never need to pump again.
I have never had problems. I'm not going to pump until I do.
Septic system additives will take the place of having the septic tank pumped.
Flushing yeast or buttermilk into the septic tank will eliminate the need for pumping.
If the septic system appears to be failing, flush the septic tank with large amounts of water.