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Central to septic system performance is soil hydraulic conductivity, or the rate water flows through the soil. This publication focuses on hydraulic conductivity in septic system absorption fields, and its importance in  More...
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Nearly half of all Hoosiers live in residences with septic systems (onsite sewage systems). These systems can effectively treat sewage and protect you and the public from disease that is carried by human waste. This publ  More...
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Whether you are new to owning an onsite sewage system or have lived with one your whole life, there are some basics you should know about your system.

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Homeowners can improve the unsightly appearance of aboveground septic system components, but they must take care to choose plants that grow well without interfering with septic system operation. This publication describ  More...
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Shrinking and swelling soils can damage homes, roads, utilities, and septic systems, so it's important to investigate and consider soil characteristics for land use planning. This publication describes the causes of shri  More...
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A waste stream's biochemical oxygen demand (or, BOD) is important, because a high BOD number means potential septic system problems for homeowners. This publication describes the environmental impacts of BOD, how it is d  More...
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This publication is aimed at owners of older homes or those thinking of buying an older home. It provides suggestions on how to locate an existing septic system and describes current Indiana rules regarding septic system  More...
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When properly designed, maintained, and used, septic systems can provide adequate treatment for most pollutants. There are approximately 800,000 septic systems in Indiana, and the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH  More...
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This publication provides homeowners with a basic introduction to septic systems by explaining how septic systems function and suggesting ways to better maintain systems and increase their life spans.  More...
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There are many products advertised as essentials for improving or repairing septic systems. This publication examines types of additives and the available scientific data regarding their effectiveness.  More...
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In late winter and spring, seasonally high water tables can reduce a septic system's ability to treat wastewater. This publication explains why these high water tables occur and examines septic system designs used in are  More...
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This publication suggests plumbing and behavioral changes that can reduce water consumption. Such changes can save homeowners money, improve septic system performance, and reduce the risk for hydraulic overload or other  More...
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During flooding, saturated soils can prevent septic systems from functioning properly and could lead to contaminated drinking water. This publication offers homeowners specific suggestions they can follow before, during,  More...
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Before a new septic system can be installed or repairs can be made to existing systems, Indiana rules require obtaining permits from a homeowner's county health department. This publication describes how homeowners can o  More...
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This publication describes the different types of septic system soil absorption field technologies under Indiana State Department of Health rules. Traditional gravel trenches and newer technologies (chamber trenches, pol  More...
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Soil is the most valuable component of an Indiana septic system. This publication describes the soil characteristics that are necessary for effective wastewater treatment.  More...
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Septic tanks play an essential role in treating wastewater in areas without municipal sewage treatment, but tanks are just one part of the septic system. This publication discusses the purpose and types of septic tanks,  More...
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Homeowners often notice color differences in the turfgrass over their septic system soil absorption fields. This publication examines how those color differences can be an early sign that troubles are about to occur.  More...
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Indiana's septic systems frequently rely on distribution boxes to evenly distribute wastewater effluent to soil absorption field trenches. This publication explains how these distribution boxes work and how they can be m  More...
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Perimeter drains around septic systems are becoming more common in new housing developments as Indiana's urban fringe expands into more rural agricultural areas. Little information is available about how well these drain  More...
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Describes and illustrates step-by-step guidelines to selecting a site, installing a septic tank and distribution box, distribution network installation, and backfilling the trenches.  More...
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This publication focuses on alternative methods of handling wastewater for small communities and small groups of homes. It examines pretreatment and soil absorption rather that conventional large-diameter gravity sewers  More...
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