Do's and Dont's

Whether you flush it down the toilet, grind it in the garbage disposal, or pour it down the sink, shower, or bath, everything that goes down your drains ends up in your septic system and potentially in New Hampshire’s Lakes Region waterways. And what goes down the drain can have a major impact on how well your septic system works–and on our NH Lakes and environment.

Lakes Region Septic provides top-notch septic service and installation her in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire.  Trusted for over 50 years, Lakes Region Septic is working with residents and businesses to maintain a clean and healthy environment by encouraging best practices for Septic System Installation and Septic System Maintenance.

Your septic system is not a trash can. An easy rule of thumb? Don’t flush anything besides human waste and toilet paper. Never flush:

  • Cooking grease or oil
  • Photographic solutions
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Condoms
  • Dental floss
  • Diapers
  • Cigarette butts
  • Coffee grounds
  • Cat litter
  • Paper towels
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Household chemicals like gasoline, oil, pesticides, antifreeze, and paint or paint thinners

Think at the Sink!
Your septic system contains a collection of living organisms that digest and treat household waste. Pouring toxins down your drain can kill these organisms and harm your septic system. Whether you’re at the kitchen sink, bathtub, or utility sink:

  • Avoid chemical drain openers for a clogged drain. Instead, use boiling water or a drain snake.
  • Never pour cooking oil or grease down the drain!
  • Never pour oil-based paints, solvents, or large volumes of toxic cleaners down the drain. Even latex paint waste should be minimized.
  • Eliminate or limit the use of a garbage disposal, which will significantly reduce the amount of fats, grease, and solids that enter your septic tank and ultimately clog its drainfield.

Own an RV, boat or mobile home?
If you spend any time in a recreational vehicle (RV) or boat, you probably know of the problem of odors from sewage holding tanks. Learn more about proper and safe wastewater disposal—download EPA’s factsheet (2pp, 379K, About PDF) or call The National Small Flows Clearinghouse’s Septic System Care hotline toll-free at 1-800-624-8301.

Don’t add yeast, baking soda, store bought septic chemicals or bleach. Your septic system is designed to use natural bacteria to eat waste leaving separate water and solids. Adding these materials can alter the PH level of the bacteria causing it to die and solids and water will not separate allowing your tank to fill and produce a septic smell.

Don’t flush any of the following; cigarette butts, paper towels, table napkins, diapers, baby wipes, cat litter, sanitary napkins, or any kind of chemicals. These many other items are not digestible by the bacteria. Objects will float on top of the water level in the septic tank, blocking the outlet and causing significant problems to your septic system. If you’re in doubt, don’t flush it!

Don’t do an excessive amount of laundry on the same day. Space high water volume times and laundry as much as possible to avoid overburdening your septic system. Allow the septic system to recede water.

Don’t flush large amounts of toilet paper down the toilet. Blockage can occur in the system resulting in back ups into the house.

Don’t build additions or decks over the septic tank. This will prevent access to the tank and prevent future service or replacement.

Do set up a pumping schedule with us. We mail reminder cards automatically when you’re due for pumping. Regular maintenance prevents expensive repairs.

Do become knowledgeable about your septic system. It’s a good idea to know where your tank is located.

Do watch for plumbing problems inside your house, as leaky faucets and shower heads can add too much water to your septic system putting a strain on the leach field.

Do call us if you’re experiencing any problems such as slow drains or septic smells. It means that it may be time for your tank to be pumped.