Keep yourself and your family safe by maintaining your septic system. Every year, injuries occur when people fall through crumbled tanks or unsecured lids. Most tanks are deep enough that they can even cause drowning. Drainfield failures and surfacing sewage can also make you sick.
Regular maintenance and safety measures help keep septic systems safe and environmentally friendly. Follow these simple guidelines to keep your system running safely and properly:
Know where your septic system is located. Look up as-built records to locate your system. Knowing this information helps avoid:
Children and pets from playing around septic tank lids
Construction of structures over the drainfield
Cars and heavy equipment damaging your drainfield
Walk your property routinely and take steps to address health and safety risks. Check the drainfield and down slope areas for broken equipment, holes, odors, wet spots or surfacing sewage.
Cover your tank openings with durable lids you can secure in place. Check for damages and cracks. Lids should be securely screwed into the risers.
Don't let kids play near septic tank lids. Kids are naturally curious and love to explore outdoors. But playing around the septic tank or trying to open the lid can be dangerous. Kids or pets can be seriously injured from falls into or around the tank. Exposure to bacteria can also cause health risks.