If you are new to living in a home with a septic system, then it is important for you to know what you can, and cannot, introduce into your septic tank. By actively monitoring what goes into your system, you can protect it from damage and keep it flowing well.

Follow these do's and don'ts for keeping your home's septic system free-flowing and healthy for years to come:

Do flush only human waste, septic-safe toilet paper, and a limited amount of mild detergent down your home's drains and into the septic system. Food, the wrong toilet paper, and excessive amounts of detergents and soaps can cause the solids from your septic tank to not be bio-digested quickly enough and flow into the leach lines and leach field. These solids can ruin your septic system.

Don't introduce any non-digested food items, plastics, or feminine products into your septic system. The natural enzymes in your septic tank are not able to bio-digest these items and they can severely damage the system.

Do pour your cooking greases and oils into heat-safe containers rather than pouring them down your drain and into your septic tank. When it cools in the container, then you can safely dispose of it inside of your household garbage can.

Don't flood your home's septic system with a lot of water at one time. Space out your family's showers and loads of laundry to allow your septic system time to process any new water and discharge the excess in the tank out through the leach lines to the leach field.

Do adequately insulate and heat the water pipes in your home so that they do not freeze in cold temperatures. While you should let water drip for faucets during a freeze if your home is connected to the city sewer system, you should never leave the water running into your septic system. Even a very slow drip of water can flood your system after a couple hours of time.

Don't use a water softener with your septic system if you can avoid it. If you must use one, then you need to ensure that the discharged salt brine solution is disposed of outside of your septic tank. The excessive amount of salt is very damaging to both the concrete tank and the natural enzymes necessary in the tank that bio-digest the solid wastes so that they will not clog your leach lines. Click here for more information about trenchless sewer repair.