Septic systems are very common in Southern Maryland. If you are new to a septic system, you are not alone! We are here to help. For more information you can contact C & C Plumbing & Septic, Inc. at 301-373-2233 or contact you local health department.
|St. Mary's County
||(301) 475 - 4330
||(301) 855 - 1075
||(301) 609 - 6900
How do I maintain my Septic System?
Plant only grass over and near your septic system. Roots from nearby trees or shrubs might clog and damage the drain field. Don't drive or park vehicles on any part of your septic system. Doing so can compact the soil in your drain field or damage the pipes, tank, or other septic system components. Keep roof drains, basement sump pump drains, and other rainwater or surface water drainage systems away from the drain field. Flooding the drain field with excessive water slows down or stops treatment processes and can cause plumbing fixtures to back up.
Dental floss, feminine hygiene products, diapers, cotton swabs, cigarette butts, coffee grounds, cat litter, paper towels, and other kitchen and bathroom items can clog and potentially damage septic system components. Flushing household chemicals, gasoline, oil, pesticides, antifreeze and paint can stress or destroy the biological treatment taking place in the system or might contaminate surface waters and groundwater.
Standing water is another common problem resulting from leaky or broken pipes. Excess water in a yard may be coming from a damaged sewer line and mey contain waste from the homme Standing water is not healthy for children or pets, and is a breeding groud for insects and germs. Inspect the yard for areas that are too wet and with unusual plant or grass growth. Also, if there are straight lines of green grass in your yard near where your drain field is, and the rest of your yard is dead or dying, your drain field might be failing. You might want to have it checked out before it becomes a bigger problem.
Your septic system is your responsibility!