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Serving Santa Cruz, Watsonville
Soquel and Surrounding Areas
Serving Santa Cruz, Watsonville
Soquel and Surrounding Areas

Septic Systems Explained for Santa Cruz Residents and Businesses

Septic pumping truck
  • We recommend pumping your septic tank periodically to remove the solids that build up over time which will help prolong the life of your system.
  • Most systems, depending on your family size, tank capacity, type of use and condition of your system, will need to be pumped every 3 to 5 years.
  • Discharge all household sewage wastes into the septic tank.
  • Do not run laundry wastes directly into the drainage system because soap and detergent scums will quickly clog the soil pores and cause failure.
  • We do not recommend using most additives as they have little or no benefit and can cause harm to the system.
  • Be careful not to use excessive amounts of household chemicals, however, normal amounts of detergents, bleaches, drain cleaners and other common household chemicals will not harm your system.
  • Avoid heavy use of your garbage disposal. Avoid depositing coffee grounds, cooking fats, wet-strength towels, baby wipes/personal care wipes, feminine products, facial tissues, cigarette butts and similar non-decomposable materials into the system. These materials will not decompose and will cause rapid accumulation of solids in the septic tank, requiring more frequent pumping to ensure your system is healthy and safe.
  • Avoid dumping cooking fats and grease down the drain as this material may clog sewer lines or build up in the septic tank and plug the inlet.
  • When choosing toilet tissue, select a tissue that breaks up easily when wet. The tissue should easily dissolve in a glass of water. Many scented tissues tend to be of high wet-strength and are not recommended.


Pete's Outflow Technicians
Soquel, CA 95073
Phone: 831-475-0959

Hours of Operation 

7:30 am - 4:30 pm

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