Septic systems are fairly easy to maintain. If you follow a few best practices, you will extend the life of your septic system. For example, you do not want to flush hard objects and non-degradable items down your toilet. Further, you want to avoid pouring grease or cleaning products down your drains. Your septic tank houses vital bacteria that help break down solid waste, these items could threaten the health of your septic system.

How will you know if your system requires maintenance or repair?

See these common signs below about septic failure and let us know if you are experiencing anything similar.

  • Wet / soggy area above leach field with waste odors
  • Waste odor smell from inside house
  • Slow draining pipes
  • Water backing up into the house
  • Gurgling pipes; They would occur when running water in the house

If you are having any of the issues above, do not wait to call. We offer 24/7 EMERGENCY SEPTIC SERVICES so call us as soon as possible. A septic tank repair is much more affordable than a complete replacement. If you wait too long, you may need a new system entirely. If you think your septic system needs repair or maintenance, Blackstone Septic Service provides fast, affordable services across Central MA.


Septic Do’s and Don’ts


  • Pump every 2-3 years as this will help maintain the longevity of your system!
  • Keep your septic tank lids closed & secure
  • Keep lids easily accessible
  • Direct water from land & roof drains away from the tank & drain field


  • Do not flush wipes; WIPES CLOG PIPES!
  • Limit the use of bleach as this kills much needed bacteria inside your tank
  • Avoid flushing feminine products. They block pipes
  • Do not pour grease down your drains! It will cause seriouse clogging issues and build up in the pipes
  • Do not let your system go longer than 3-4 years without getting pumped!
    Avoid driving / parking or building on top of your septic & leach field!