Do's and Don'ts
A major component of being a septic owner is being smart. A properly installed and functioning septic system works to protect the public health, the environment, and recreational and ground waters. In addition, being informed about your septic system and practicing a few simple "Do's and Don'ts" can help and even help protect the property value. In Flower Mound, ongoing maintenance is required for all secondary treatment systems (see "The Types").
In addition to the following Do’s and Don’ts, the EPA’s SepticSmart program provides materials and resources to assist with proper septic system maintenance on its website. SepticSmart Education Materials | US EPA
All Systems... Check!
- Have your system inspected on a regular frequency, secondary treatment systems require a minimum of 3 inspections per year and an ongoing maintenance contract.
- Have the system pumped/cleaned on a regular frequency, typically every 3-5 years
- Maintain detailed records of all repairs, maintenance, and service. This can be passed on to the next owner or occupant.
- Pour grease or oil down the sink, drain, or toilet
- Rinse coffee grounds into the sink
- Discard household chemicals down the sink drain or in the toilet
- Eliminate or minimize the use of garbage disposals
- Properly dispose of coffee grounds and food items
- Put grease in a sealable container and allow to harden. Dispose of the grease container in the trash
Protect the Porcelain
- Don't flush non-degradable products or chemicals such as feminine hygiene products, condoms, dental floss, diapers, cigarette butts, cat litter, paper towels, or pharmaceuticals in the toilets
- Properly dispose of all waste in the proper receptacles instead of the toilets or drains
- Don't drive or park on the septic drainfield
- Don't dig or build structures in or on the drainfield
- Don't plant trees or shrubs in close proximity to the drainfield as roots can grow into the system and cause problems and or failure
- Consult a licensed septic professional to discuss planting of trees and shrubs
- Consult a licensed septic professional to discuss home/yard improvement activities, including accessory buildings, pools, patios, or other structures.
- Contact a licensed maintenance provider if there are problems with your septic system.
- Divert downspouts and other surface water away from the drain field.
Insane in the Main Drain
- Don't use the shower, dishwasher, washing machine, and toilets at the same time as the concentrated amount of water can strain the septic system
- Stagger the use of water using home appliances to reduce the strain on the drains and system.
- Repair leaking faucets or toilets