On-Site Septic Systems

Tips To Protecting Your Septic System
  • Inspect your system every 3 years and pump your tank as necessary (generally 3 to 5 years).
  • Use water efficiently.
  • Don’t dispose of household hazardous wastes in sinks or toilets.
  • Care for your drain field.
Why Should I Maintain My Septic System?
  • Saves money - failing septic systems are expensive to repair and replace
  • Protects health and the environment - prevents the spread of infection and diseases and protects water resources.
Failure Symptoms
  • Check for pooling water or muddy soil around your septic system or basement.
  • Notice whether your toilet or sink backs up when you flush or do laundry.
  • You might notice strips of bright green grass over your drain field.
  • Notice a foul odor in your backyard.
Who Do I Contact to Have My System Inspected?
Call the Oakland County Health Department (OCHD): 248-858-1280 for a list of contractors.

What Does An Inspection Include?
  • Locating the system
  • Uncovering access holes
  • Flushing the toilets
  • Checking for signs of backup
  • Measuring scum and sludge layers
  • Identifying any leaks
  • Inspecting mechanical components
  • Pumping the tank if necessary
For more information, contact the OCHD at: 248-858-1280, or visit their website.