Septic Tank Maintenance

Due to the expansive nature of rural areas, such as Joshua Tree, residences and most commercial establishments rely on well functioning septic systems. Learn how to keep your septic system healthy. Proper maintenance is not only cost efficient for the owners, but it helps to protect our ground water! Click here to learn more.

Maintaining Your Septic System

Below are some helpful tips for proper use and maintenance of your septic system:

  • Reduce household water use. The more water put into the system, the less opportunity the wastewater has to settle in the holding tank and the less opportunity the bacteria have to break down the solids.
  • Restrict the use of your garbage disposal.
  • Do not pour grease or cooking oils down the sink drain.
  • Have the system checked annually to keep it working properly and determine when the system should be pumped.
  • Don’t park automobiles and heavy equipment on top of the septic tank.
  • Don’t build additions, pools, driveways, or other construction work on or near the septic system or the drainage area.
  • Pesticides, paints, paint thinners, solvents, bleach, disinfectants, poisons, and other household chemicals should not be dumped down the drain into a septic system because they may kill microorganisms in the tank and the soil that help purify the effluent.