Tips to Keep Your Septic System in Tip Top Shape

Costly damages due to improper maintenance and handling of your indoor plumbing and outdoor landscaping can result in poor performance or damaging of your septic system. Avoid system back-up and and costly replacement or repair costs by following these tips:

  • Conserve water to reduce the load on your septic system.
  • Divert rain water, from gutters and foundation drainage, away from the septic system.
  • Never flush cat litter, disposable diapers, sanitary napkins, tampons, paper towels, facial tissues, coffee grounds, cigarette butts, or similar items down the toilet.
  • Use garbage disposals wisely as they can double the amount of solids added to a septic tank.
  • Do not pour grease or hazardous chemicals down your drains.
  • Keep trees away from your septic systems to avoid root infestation.
  • Have your septic pumped regularly. Not sure how often? Click here to find out.

Root Infestation of Septic Tank

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Disposable Materials Not Suitable for Septic Systems

You can keep your septic tank in good working order by avoiding putting certain products into the system. Many products fill the tank with solid material, which will decrease the efficiency of your septic system and many become solid in the system, or on its way into the system, and can block the passageway.

Be sure all members of the family know what not to flush or put down drains:


Large Food Particles
Coffee Grounds
Paper Towels
Cigarette Butts



Non-biodegradable Toilet Paper
Feminine Products
Dental Floss
Disposable Wipes


Laundry Room

Powdered Laundry Detergents
Household Cleaners
Arts and Crafts Remnants (i.e. Glue)
Cat Litter



Paints or Paint Thinner
Mechanical Oil
Note: Look for this Septic Safe logo on toilet paper products or use these septic safe toilet paper brands – all of which use 100 % recycled materials – Angel Soft, Charmain Basic, Marcal Small Steps Septic Safe, Green Forest, Seventh Generation



Proper Landscaping On and Around Your Septic System

Keeping your septic system free and clear of roots and heavy items is important because they can interfere with your septic tank and leach field. Below is the US Environmental Protection Agency’s tips on keeping your system out of harm’s way. If you suspect a nearby tree’s roots are growing into your property’s septic system, call Capewide Enterprises today to have a septic technician. We have offer the latest technology in real-time video inspection to confirm the problem so that it can be resolved.

Why Should Homeowners Get an Informative Septic Inspection?

In Massachusetts a Title V septic inspection is required before the sale of every home as well as before some remodeling projects. An informative septic inspection can be done at any time at the request of a homeowner to ensure that the condition of the septic system is optimal and functioning properly. By completing an informal inspection, a homeowner can drastically reduce the risk of costly future expenses as well as guarantee that they understand their septic system and the system’s quality.

The benefits of an informative septic inspection are:

・Uncovers defects in the system which can save the homeowner unexpected expenses

・Helps homeowner understand what possible problem areas require attention (such as groundwater issues, too much clay in the soil, etc.).

・Gives the homeowner knowledge of the system’s location and condition for future property changes

・Helps the homeowner understand how their system is operating and what type of components make up your system

・Offers homeowners relief if the septic system is functioning properly and offers tips about what can be done to help extend its life

Removing flushable wipes from septic chamber

Are Flushable Wipes Septic Safe?

Technicians at Capewide Enterprises have removed flushable wipes from clogged sewer ejection chambers and plumbing piping – and it’s not an easy task! Although flushable wipes are flushable, it’s beyond the toilet where they cause problems. Flushable wipes get caught up in the septic system as well as the pipes of household plumbing (by catching onto cracks) and both will cause household plumbing problems and possible system backup.

Below are images of the removal of flushable wipes that have clogged a sewer ejection pump. To unclog the sewer ejection pump, our technicians had to enter the septic chamber and remove the pump. Extracting flushable wipes from drain pipes and septic chambers can be costly to homeowners and condo/apartment complexes.

Please remember that flushable wipes do not dissolve in septic systems and along with sanitary napkins, tampons, cigarette butts and dryer sheets, they should not be flushed down the toilet.

Should I Use Septic Additives?

There are many additives on the market that claim to improve biological activity in septic systems. Research has shown that there is little, if any, benefit gained by adding additives to a septic system. Some chemical additives can potentially harm the soil in the drain field and contaminate the groundwater.憎 Most importantly, a wide range of healthy bacteria (microbes) exist in the wastewater and these healthy organisms are needed in the process of the decomposition of the septage.

We do not recommend the use of any additives in septic systems. If you feel your septic system is experiencing problems call Capewide Enterprises today at 508-477-8877 to schedule a visit from one of our experienced technicians.

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