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Septic Don'ts
Don'ts

* Use an excessive amount of water;
 
* Use toilet bowl disinfectants, they can kill the bacteria that treat the wastewater in the septic tank;
 
* Flush facial tissues, paper towels, personal hygiene products, cigarette butts;
 
* Flush prescription drugs or over the counter medications, they can kill the bacteria that treat the wastewater in the septic tank, and can contaminate local groundwater or surface water;
 
* Use drain cleaners indiscriminately;
 
* Allow hair or other material to enter drains;
 
* Use a garbage disposal, such use could result in the need to pump the system twice as frequently as not using one;
 
* Pour cooking fats, oils or greases down the sink drain;
 
* Wash more than two clothes washer loads per day and evenly distribute over the day, this will keep the water from flushing through the septic tank without proper treatment;
 
* Send water softener water to the system;
 
* Send chlorine-treated pool water through the system;
 
* Drive or place heavy equipment on an absorption field;
 
* Cover over an absorption field with concrete, asphalt, or other impermeable materials;
 
* Build on an absorption field, such as a storage shed, addition, garage or swimming pool;
 
* Allow storm drains, sump pumps and other water to drain over the absorption field;
 
* Plant trees, bushes, etc. over an absorption field that could penetrate to the pipes and clog or destroy them;
 
* Enter a septic tank, toxic and explosive gases are formed in the tank, and could disable or kill;
 
* Use septic system additives such as starter enzymes, feeders, cleaners, degreasers, or chemicals designed to prevent pump-outs, they don't work and can contaminate local groundwater or surface water;
 
* Wash latex paint brushes or rollers in the sink; and
 
* Flush solvents, paints, antifreeze, and other chemicals, they can kill the bacteria that treat the wastewater in the septic tank, and can contaminate local groundwater or surface water.
 

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