Indiana Department of Health urges homeowners to maintain septic systems

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INDIANAPOLIS (WEHT) – The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) is urging Hoosiers to maintain their septic systems.

This is part of SepticSmart Week, which is a national observance designed to educate communities about the importance of caring for septic systems.

According to the EPA, more than one in five households in the United States depend on septic systems to treat their wastewater.

Nearly 39% of Hoosiers use septic systems to treat wastewater from their homes and businesses.

Around 15,000 septic systems are installed and about 6,000 repaired in Indiana each year.

The health department says proper maintenance of these systems is a vital part of protecting public health.

“Septic system maintenance is important and is the best way to protect human and environmental health. Have your system checked at least every three years and keep records of all maintenance work.”

Homeowners with septic systems are urged to follow these tips:
• Have systems inspected every three years by a licensed contractor, and have tanks pumped every three to five years, or more frequently if necessary.
• Avoid pouring fats, grease and solids down the drain.
• Monitor water use and spread out laundry and dishwasher loads throughout the day. Too much water at once can overload a system.
• Fix plumbing leaks and consider installing faucet aerators.
• Never park or drive on a system’s absorption field where the vehicle’s weight could damage buried pipes or disrupt underground flow.The EPA’s SepticSmart program promotes proper septic system use and maintenance all year long. Industry practitioners, local governments, homeowners and community organizations can learn more about septic systems at www.onsite.isdh.in.gov. For more homeowner resources and information about SepticSmart Week, click here.

More information can be found here.

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(This story was originally published on September 17, 2019)

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