Tank Maintenance Information
How to Maintain Your Tank and Why it’s Important Treasure Valley

A lot of people are unaware of how their septic tank works. Due to their hidden nature, septic tanks are often neglected and forgotten about until they cause some serious issues. At PU Septic, our mission is to spread awareness about septic tanks and inform the community about how to better maintain them. Over time, this knowledge will save homeowners thousands of dollars and a handful of headaches down the road. On this page, we are presenting an informational list of the most common do’s and don’ts when it comes to septic tanks. If you follow these simple septic rules, you’re very likely to have a very happy and stress-free septic system! If you find yourself with additional questions after reading this list, please feel free to reach us at any time.

The Septic Tank Do’s and Don’ts


  • Have your septic system inspected by a qualified professional every 2 years
  • Have the tank pumped when needed
  • Keep records of pumping, inspections, and other maintenance
  • Use water efficiently to avoid overloading your septic system
  • Consider replacing older toilets and inefficient showerheads
  • Use proper load-sizes when washing clothes
  • Add an effluent filter to prevent excess solids from flowing and clogging
  • Plant only grass over your septic system
  • Minimize or eliminate the use of garbage disposals and water-softeners
  • Obtain a copy of your septic permit from your local health district
  • Conserve your replacement area


  • Do not use your septic system as a garbage can
  • Do not use caustic drain openers for a clogged drain
  • Do not flood the drain field with excess irrigation water
  • Do not drive or park over any part of your septic system
  • Do not pour toxic chemicals down the drain
  • Do not dump grease or fats down your kitchen drain
  • Do not flush personal hygiene products like baby wipes, pads, diapers, etc.
  • Do not dispose of medicines in the toilet or sink