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Septic System Care

Frequently Asked Questions 


Why Should I CARE About Maintaining My System?


Click play to hear a radio ad on septic systems! This Ad was played on 97.5 FM!


Click here to watch a video on septic systems!

The video was provided by Two Rivers Coalition! 


   Without regular maintenance, a septic system will fail. (It’s the homeowners’ responsibility to maintain the system!)

   Protect your drinking water and the environment. (A properly working septic will remove pollutants and disease- causing bacteria and viruses (such as E. coli).)

Save money and protect your investment in your home. (It only costs about $250 every 3 years to maintain your system, while a new system could cost thousands!)



   The average septic system should be inspected at least every three years by a professional.

   Limit excessive water usage in your home.

   Protect your home’s drinking water for you and your family -NEVER flush hazardous materials into the system!

   Expensive additives are not necessary and they do NOT eliminate the need for pumping!



Can I Spot POTENTIAL PROBLEMS In MySeptic System?


·         Yes! If you see plumbing backups, sluggish drainage, or mushy ground around the drainfield, call a septic company IMMEDIATELY! (Click here for a list of licensed septic pumpers in Berrien County)

Michigan DEQ's List of Licensed Pumpers search by county!


Do’s and Don’ts


• Learn the location of your septic         

tank and drainfield from your septic


• Have your septic system inspected

every three years.

• Call a professional whenever you

experience problems.

• Keep a detailed record of repairs

• Conserve water to avoid overloading

the system.

• Divert sources of water, like roof

drains, house footing drains, and

sump pumps away from the septic




Go down into a septic tank EVER.

Toxic gases in the tank can kill in


• Allow anyone to park or drive over

the system.

• Plant anything besides grass over or

near the drainfield.

• Dig in your drainfield or build

anything over it.

• Make or allow repairs without

obtaining the required health

department permit. 


To print a fact sheet for your community's news letter Click Here.


Financial Assistance Programs


USDA Rural Development Flyer

Home Improvement and Repair Loans and Grants Sec. 504


SMCAA Housing Information Flyer

Housing Rehabilitation & Emergency Home Repairs


SWCAA Weatherization Information Flyer

Michigan Assistance Program

Click here to visit SWCAA on the web 


More Information  


Septic System's A Homeowner's Guide


A Homewoner's Guide to Septic Systems *(NEW)


Click to view presentation from the Berrien County Health Dept. about septic systems!


Van Buren and Cass County Health Department

or call (269) 621-3143 for assistance 


Visit the Berrien County Health Department's website

or call (269) 927-5623 for assistance


Environmental Protection Agency: How to Properly Care for Your Septic System

Septic System Education: MSU Extension


Septic Systems: Out of Sight, Not out of Mind: MSU Video

This page last updated on 6/28/2017.

When is the last time you had your septic system pumped? Can't recall? Then it's been too long! Call today!

Maintaing your septic system benefits the entire community by giving everyone access to clean, safe water resources.

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Learn more about how your septic system operates, why it's important to properly maintain your system, simple, every-day tips that will help you avoid costly system repairs and replacement, and more!

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