Taking care of your septic tank
With more people working or studying at your home, your septic system could be under stress — particularly in the wetter months.
Don't risk it
If your system is not operating properly:
- polluted water from your septic system carrying bacteria and viruses could make people unwell
- the polluted water can have a damaging effect on the environment
- you may be up for expensive repairs and or replacement costs.
Know the warning signs
- rotten smells
- pooling of water
- alarm system warnings
- water backing up in the sink, shower or washing machine
Tips and maintenance
- know where your septic tank, pits, trenches and pipes are
- pump out the septic tank regularly
- have your treatment plant serviced at intervals required by the manufacturer
- use water efficiently by installing water-saving appliances and spreading out water usage to reduce overloading
- only flush or wash down items safe for your septic system. Do not flush down bleaches, fats, oils and sanitary products
- keep tree roots, vehicles and farm animals away from pipes
If you are a tenant of a rental property who is reliant on a septic system, be sure to contact your property manager should you have any concerns regarding the system.
Need more information?
For further guidance we recommend you visit Environmental Protection Authority: Guidance on onsite wastewater management
This page was last updated on 10 June 2021.