A guidance document issued by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services with instructions and best practices for the abandonment of onsite wastewater treatment systems.
Check the toilets for leaks - a simple toilet leak can easily overload your system. Easily test for toilet leaks by removing the lid and putting a generous amount of food coloring into the back of the toilet. Do not flush! Wait approximately 20 minutes and if the food coloring makes it into the bowl of the toilet, this is an indication that the toilet is leaking.
In our last article on septic systems in Whispering Pines, North Carolina we mentioned how critical it is to maintain our septic systems properly. This is both for the health and safety of the individual homeowner as well as assuring the purity of one of our most treasured natural resources, the eight community lakes that make Whispering Pines, North Carolina so beautiful and sought after as a place to live.
Every home in Whispering Pines, North Carolina has its own private wastewater septic system which consists of a watertight container connected to a drainfield. When properly designed and maintained, it is a both a cost effective and environmentally friendly way to dispose of wastewaters produced in a home's bathroom, kitchen and laundry.
The drainfield is a vital part of your septic system. Having the right landscaping on and around your system is important, as tree and shrubbery roots can grow into the drain lines.
Do not put too much water into the septic system; typical water use is about 50 gallons per day for each person in the family. Do not add materials other than domestic wastewater. Restrict the use of your garbage disposal.