WIPES GO IN THE TRASH, NOT THE TOILET!
(even if the package says the are flush-able)
Avoid sewage back-ups in your home
- Wipes do not easily break down, and they clog plumbing.
- Flushing items other than toilet paper and human waste will cause equipment to fail, poses a health risk and puts your home at risk of sewage back-ups.
QUESTIONS TO ASK THE HOMEOWNER WHEN BUYING A HOUSE
- Do you have a copy of the septic system permit?
- When was the last time the septic tank was pumped out?
- Are there records of system maintenance (tank pump-outs, system repair)?
- Have there been any problems with the septic system: system backing up, foul odours, effluent on the surface, soggy ground in the leaching bed, system freezing, toilet and drains gurgling or draining slowly?
- Have there been any potable water quality problems (E. coli, faecal coliform, nitrate)?
- This could be due to infiltration of the well by leakage from the septic system and could indicate a malfunctioning system. Results from the water quality samples that you take of the well water may help indicate septic system problems.
INDICATIONS OF SEPTIC SYSTEM PROBLEMS
- Odors – especially after a rainfall
- Bleed out or seepage - around the septic tank or leaching (tile) bed
- Ponding – the ground around the septic tank or leaching bed may be soggy or spongy to walk on
- Green stripes of grass or patchy lawn over tile field
- Slow draining fixtures – toilets don’t flush well and drains take longer than usual to empty
- Back up - the water level in the septic tank is higher than the outlet pipe
- Freeze up
- Frequent pump-outs
PLEASE CONSERVE AND MAKE YOUR SEPTIC SYSTEM HEALTHY
- Reduce the amount of water your septic system has to process
- Do not use excessive amounts of toilet tissue
- Do not feed your septic system food, fats, plastics, cigarette filters or toxic chemicals
- Keep trees and shrubs away from the system
- Do not restrict sunlight over the system with buildings, decks or structures
- Keep heavy equipment and traffic away from the system to avoid damage
- Pump the septic tank on a regular basis