Info from OSU Extension Office

Septic Systems are simple to operate and when properly designed, constructed, and maintained, they do an excellent job of removing pollutants from wastewater to protect Ohio's water resources. Property owners must do a few important things to keep their system operating for 20 to 30 years.

Conserve Water

Since the soil must accept all of the water used in your home, using less water is the best thing a resident can do to maintain their septic system. Water conservation includes:

  • Repair water leaks, such as toilet valves that don't seal and dripping faucets.
  • Space out water use throughout the day and week. For example, avoid washing all of your laundry on one day.
  • Install water conserving fixtures like flow shower heads, low flow toilets, and even purchase a front-loading washing machine.

Careful Landscaping

The soil absorption system (or leach field) is the most important part of a septic system, so it is important to protect the area. Careful landscaping includes:

  • Diverting downspouts and other rainwater drainage away from soil absorption system area.
  • Parking cars, boars, other vehicles, or heavy equipment away from the soil absorption area.
  • Keeping pavement, decks, above ground pools, and out buildings off or away from soil absorption area.
  • Not putting additional soil fill over the soil absorption system area. Increasing the depth of soil over the leach field limits the infiltration of air into the soil needed by the microorganisms to renovate wastewater.