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Helping Your Septic System

The ability of your septic system can be greatly affected by what you put into it. Your septic system contains living organisms that digest and treat waste. They are not designed to be dumpsters and solids build up over time that need to be pumped out. As a rule, it is best to not put anything in your septic system that can be easily put in the trash. When more solids are put into your tank, your tank will need to be pumped more often, and it is more likely that problems will arise.

By keeping everyone in your home informed about what is good for your septic system and what isn’t, you can avoid problems, save money and prolong the life of your system. A healthy septic system helps keep your family, property and the environment healthy.

We’ve written a “yes” or “no” below to guide you in septic decision making. If you have questions or concerns, please call Associated at 800-433-2070, and we’ll be happy to help you!



Enlarge your septic system when you are adding more than 15 percent to your home’s square footage, adding bedrooms, or increasing the number of plumbing fixtures.

If you are planning an addition or renovation that includes an increase in septic use and a building permit is required, from the DEP ( Department of Environmental Services ).  Also, the local SEO (Sewer Enforcement Officer). The SEO usually approves a design and performs the inspection when the work is completed.

Use professional, licensed onsite contractors when needed.

Don’t increase the size of your home including adding a bathroom or start a business like a daycare without ensuring your septic system is able to handle the increased wastewater.

Use a Qualified Professional or involve a Registered Onsite Wastewater Practitioner when installing or repairing your septic system.

Know what permits are required when your septic system is being repaired and ensure those permits are obtained whether you use a professional or do the repairs yourself.

Your Drainfield: Keep it Clear


Ensure grass is covering the area to avoid erosion and promote evaporation.

Monitor the area for changes that may direct water onto the drainfield.

When altering drainage features, consider the impacts on the disposal field.


Keep vehicles away from the drainfield

Keep trees and shrubs off the drainfield, roots can clog pipes over time.

Do not drain sump pumps, downspouts, etc. to the septic system.

Do not cover the drainfield with a hard surface including asphalt, brick, or patio stones.

Be careful to ensure the grass over the drainfield is not overwatered.

Do not install lawn sprinklers in the drainfield area.

System Maintenance


Learn the location of your septic tank and drainfield. Having a drawing can be helpful for service visits.

Make sure your septic cover is accessible for pumping and inspections. When necessary, install risers.

Have your septic tank pumped out approximately every two to three years, or more often as is appropriate for your system.

Have a maintenance plan for your system designed by an Authorized Person.

Keep your septic system healthy by using CCLS Septic treatment monthly to help break down solids more efficiently.

Have your septic system inspected annually.


Ensure you have an effluent filter installed on your septic tank. Effluent filters reduce the amount of solids leaving the tank and increase the life of your system.

Have your septic tank pumped out approximately every two to three years, or more often as is appropriate for your system.

If you experience problems or if there are any signs of system failure, call a Professional,

Keep a detailed record of your system including repairs, pumping, inspections, permits issued, and other maintenance activities.


Don’t access or enter a septic tank.

Waste: Trash is not for your Septic System


Throw solid waste in the trash when possible. Only flush wastewater and toilet paper.

Chemicals or fuels should be disposed of at approved waste sites.

Grease should be placed in the regular garbage.

A grease interceptor is often recommended for the kitchen sink.

Overuse of household cleaners such as bleach, disinfectants, and bowl cleaners can harm your septic system. Use them in moderation and as instructed on product labels.


Plastics and similar non-biodegradable items should not be placed in your septic system. Including items such as cigarette butts, paper towels, sanitary tampons, condoms, and disposable diapers.

Avoid sending food items down the drain. Garbage disposals can also increase sludge accumulation by 40 percent.

Never put Oil, gasoline, solvents, weed or insect killers, paint thinners, and solvents can poison your septic system and possibly endanger the water supply for your whole neighborhood. Even latex paint is unhealthy for your septic system.

Cooking grease can solidify and clog the pipes leading to your septic system.

Avoid chemical drain cleaners or chemical-based cleaning products.

Leftover or expired medications should not be flushed. Regular waste from people on medication, including antibiotics, can affect your system’s performance and may require more frequent pumping.



Install devices to reduce water used per flush, including toilet dams or efficient toilet fixtures.

Reduce the number of times you flush your toilet with multiple uses before flushing.

Install water-saving faucets and shower heads, these can reduce water use by up to 50 percent.

Fix leaking fixtures immediately. A toilet that continues to run after flushing, or other leaking fixtures, can waste large amounts of water and can be costly.

Reduce shower time. Taking shorter showers can save gallons of water for each shower.
Take shorter showers. Shortening your shower time to 5 minutes if possible.


Don’t leave the water running when it isn’t necessary.

When washing hands, shaving, or brushing your teeth, don’t let the water run.



When buying appliances, look for those that have the Energy Star symbol.

Energy-efficient washers use significantly less water than a standard model.

Only run washing machines and dish washers with full loads. If your appliances have load size selectors, use those to save water. Washing partial loads with large amounts of water can waste water and energy.

When washing laundry, do one or two loads a day instead of four in a day. This can spread water usage more efficiently over multiple days.

When draining hot tub water, let it cool and drain it onto grass or landscaped areas away from the septic tank, drainfield and house.


Avoid caustic drain openers and cleaners.



We’re well aware of the Corona Virus and we want to help our friends and neighbors.

We’ve been here since 1952!

The Corona Virus can be beaten….here are some tips… distancing 6 feet, wash hands very often for at least 20 seconds (sing Happy Birthday two times). Use paper towels when you exit. Cough into your elbow, don’t touch your face, stay home if you can.

We’re not going away! We’re here to help!

Please Call and let us know your needs and concerns……800-433-2070.

We’re open for business–Septic Cleaning, Portable Restrooms, Portable Restroom Trailers, and all Your Plumbing needs too!

Click on our web site order form or visit for more information!

Please call 800-433-2070 to speak with us or ask any questions! We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

Thank you,
Paul Nelson



truck_01Associated Products Services began serving Central Pennsylvania with portable restrooms and septic services in 1952.

Since that time we’ve added portable restroom trailers, pipe bursting, pipe patching, pipe relining, Mr. Rooter plumbing services and more.

We provide the services you need at the levels of convenience, quality and value you deserve and have come to expect from us. Our portable restrooms are not only well cared for, but they are extremely clean too. We are septic system and plumbing specialists, and we have the expertise, products, and services that you need.

We appreciate you and your business.

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