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Caring for Your System

Caring for Your Septic System

Septic Tank Pumping
One of the most important things that you can do to protect the investment of your septic system is having it regularly pumped. Once every 2 to 3 years is typical. If pumping is ignored, excess solids will build up within your septic tank, and the bacteria used to break up this solid material will not be able to keep up. Failure of your system will result. Throughout our 50 years in the business, we can tell you that having regular pumping services is one of the surest ways to keep your system in good shape.

Other Helpful Tips
Whether you own a large commercial septic system or a smaller residential system, we have some advice on how to keep it functioning properly. There are certain items that you should avoid putting into your septic system:

  • Disinfectants or bleaches (use sparingly, and look for biodegradable/non-toxic brands)

  • Detergents (only use biodegradable, low-sudsing and low phosphate detergent)

  • Paper products (natural bacteria will not break down coloured paper, and non-bleached papers are slow to break down)

  • Oils, grease, latex paint and discharge from water softeners

  • Chemical wastes such as solvents, paint thinners, caustic cleaners, pesticides, herbicides

  • Non-organic objects

  • Automotive fluids

  • Bandages

  • Cigarette butts

  • Coffee grounds

  • Condoms

  • Cooking grease

  • Cotton balls

  • Disposable baby diapers

  • Food wastes

  • Hair

  • Mud

  • Paper towels

  • Plastic products

  • Rags

  • Sanitary napkins

  • Strings

  • Swiffer® pads

  • Baby wipes

  • All non-organic objects


By using a garborator, you are introducing materials into your septic system that will hamper its performance. We therefore recommend that garborators not be used, and that all food and organic waste be thrown away instead.

Laundry Wash Loading

We recommend that laundry loads be completed over multiple days, rather than many loads on the same day. Running multiple loads on the same day can cause stress to your system and in-turn, your drain field may start to build up unwanted sludge.

Use a Biological Additive

Ask about Envirozyme, our specially formulated leaching bed additive that can increase the good bacteria which breaks down excess organic waste.

Additional Information

Learn more about proper system maintenance by picking up your copy of It’s in Your Backyard – Understanding and Maintaining Your Septic System, published by the Ontario Association of Sewage Industry Services (OASIS), which we carry on hand.

Weber Septic Services keeps computer records of our maintenance services, and we will send you an automatic reminder when it is time for your next inspection and pumping.

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