Septic Tank Maintenance Tips


  • Have your system inspected annually
  • Keep a record of repairs
  • Check with your local health department before using additives (Commercial septic tank additives don’t eliminate the need for periodic pumping)
  • Obtain necessary permits


Never treat your septic system like a trash can. If you throw the following items down the drain or into the toilet, you might as well toss your money in after them.

  • Grease
  • Motor oil
  • Medicine
  • Paint
  • Dental Floss
  • Cigarette Butts
  • Paper Towels
  • Feminine Hygiene Products
  • Pesticides
  • Condoms
  • Lawn Care Products

Septic Tank Maintenance Record Example

Date system installed:_________________

Company that installed:____________________________________________________________

Tank size:_____ gallons

Capacity:______ bedrooms




Absorption field location:___________________________________

Permit required for installation/repairs

Yes________ No____ #____________

DNR phone number_______________

State health department phone number__________________

County planning and zoning



City commission_________________________

County health department ________________________

Other numbers______________________

Date Company/Phone Activity Comments Disposal Location and Cost