News Flash

Stormwater News

Posted on: January 10, 2024

Is your septic system working properly?

diagram of a conventional septic system (epa.gov)

Unfortunately, if house fixtures drain well, few people investigate whether their septic system works. Many people don’t realize that untreated sewage on top of the ground can be a health hazard. If your system shows signs of problems, contact your local health department immediately.

State law requires that you get a permit from the health department before repairing a failing septic system. Be wary of any contractor who wants to attempt a repair without a permit.

Know how to maintain your septic system:

  • Don’t use too much water.
  • Limit disposal to only sewage.
  • Protect the system from physical damage (site maintenance).
  • Dispose of all wastewater in an approved system.
  • Have solids pumped out of the tank as needed. Most septic tanks have two compartments; get both pumped.

Don’t wait until your drainfield fails to have your tank pumped. By then, the drainfield may be ruined. With septic systems, an ounce of prevention is worth a ton of cure!

Find more information about proper septic system maintenance in these publications from NC State Extension:

Facebook Twitter Email

Other News in Stormwater News