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The Ins and Outs of a Septic System

Proper care and maintenance is key for maintaining private septic systems. Don’t let this info go to waste:

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Groundwater’s journey, from well to drainfield. (via Snohomish County)

In a septic system, a pipe runs from the house to a septic tank where solids get separated from wastewater, which then flows out of the tank and into a drain field.

Terry Gibb, senior educator with Michigan State University Extension, says moving less water through your system gives your tank more time to filter.

Gibb: “So conserve water, and one of the biggies is spacing out laundry during the week.”

She says liquid detergent is best, as powdered soaps can bind and become solid.

How else can you help your system? Don’t put toxic chemicals, medications, and antibacterial soap in, and keep an eye out for gurgling pipes, slow running drains, and standing water around your tank.

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Senior Educator Terry Gibb (via Terry Gibb)

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Listen to Terry Gibb describe some important steps for repairing your septic system.

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The Fine Print:

  • This segment was produced with Cornell’s Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future, and supported by agreement with New York Sea Grant, funds provided by the Environmental Protection Fund under the authority of the New York Ocean and Great Lakes Ecosystem Conservation Act. Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this broadcast are those of the originators and do not necessarily reflect the views of Stony Brook University or New York Sea Grant.
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