Homeowners with both wells and septic systems must take care to
maintain these systems to ensure a properly functioning septic system and
the safety of their well water. Septic systems require regularly scheduled
maintenance just like wells. See our tips below.
Proper maintenance of a septic system includes:
Protecting Your Septic System All Year
Everyone in the household must consider what is flushed into the septic
system as they can reduce or damage the natural function of the septic
system. Avoid flushing items that can clog the system or chemicals that
can contaminate ground and surface water, and potentially damage the
biological components of the system.
DO NOT flush grease, fats, oils, bandages, feminine hygiene products,
disposable diapers, wipes – even ones that say ‘flushable’, pharmaceuticals
or medicines, paper towels, kitty litter, cigarette butts, coffee grounds,
dental floss, hair, paint, pesticides, varnish, thinners, waste oil, or other
chemicals. Ideally ONLY water and household detergents are flushed into
The septic system’s drain field must also be protected. The following
strategies are recommended to protect the field and prolong its functional
A properly maintained septic system poses no threat to the groundwater
that supplies a household well. However, wastewater from a failing septic
system can carry contaminants such as nitrates, harmful bacteria and
viruses into groundwater and potentially the well.
For more information download our free wellcare® information sheet
on Your Septic System.