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Private Sewage Systems

Common Sewage System Problems

  • Toilets or drains which are backed up or run more slowly than usual
  • Foul odours in the house or drinking water
  • Sogginess in the ground around the septic tank or leaching bed area
  • Surface ponding of sewage effluent around the sewage system
  • Activated alarm signals on secondary/tertiary treatment units or pump chambers
  • Pumps which run constantly or not at all
  • Unusually green or thick grass growing in or around the leaching bed area
  • Significant algae growth in or around nearby water bodies
  • High levels of bacteria or other contaminants in well water

Never put the following into a sewage system:

  • Fats, oils and grease
  • Gasoline, antifreeze
  • Varnishes, paints and solvents
  • Caustic drain and toilet bowl cleaners
  • Photographic solutions, bleach, pesticides and nail polish remover
  • Tampons, sanitary napkins, diapers, facial tissues and condoms
  • Plastics
  • Coffee grounds, egg shells and other kitchen waste
  • Cigarette filters