Septic Tank Maintenance

Why choose Coastal Cans, LLC for your residential septic service needs?


At Coastal Cans, LLC we will aim to be “The Cleanliness Leader" for Portable Sanitation in Southwest Louisiana.  We are changing the way people view the septic service business. Septic tank pumping requires a small section of your yard to be dug up; we are proud of the way we put things back just as we found them. We attribute our success as a company to our attitude about cleanliness. Our job is to ensure your septic system is properly maintained and to assist you with any septic issues. 


Coastal Cans provides service 6 days a week, 24 hours emergency support to ensure we are there to assist you whenever you need. Headquartered in Creole, Louisiana since 2013, we proudly service all communities in Southwest Louisiana. Some of the towns we service in; Creole, Cameron, Grand Chenier, Little Chenier, Sweetlake Grand Lake, Johnson Bayou, Holly Beach, Hackberry, Pecan Island, Lacassine, Bell City, Hayes, Iowa, Lake Charles Sulphur, Moss Bluff area and many others.

Our customers understand that responsible decisions with regard to the care and maintenance of their septic system will have a positive impact on precious ground water and on the economic plans they have for their homes and businesses.


Coastal Cans suggest that you perform regular septic maintenance intervals.  Having your septic tank pumped in such intervals will prevent system failures and ensures the economic value of your property.

Septic Tank Maintenance Tips

Divert Rainwater From the Septic Drainfield


  • A soggy drainfield won't absorb and neutralize liquid waste. Plan landscaping, roof gutters and foundation drains so that excess water is diverted away from the septic drainfield.


Don't Overload the Septic Tank and Drainfield


  • Check faucets and toilets for leaks; make repairs if necessary.
  • Use aerators on faucets and flow reducer nozzles on showers to help lower water consumption.
  • Reduce water levels for small loads of laundry.
  • Wait until the dishwasher is full to run it.
  • Use a displacer to reduce the amount of water needed to flush the toilet.


Keep Trees Away from the Septic System


  • Discourage root damage by keeping trees at least 100 feet away from the septic system.
  • Trees with very aggressive roots, such as willows, should be even farther away from the system.


The Toilet Isn't a Garbage Disposal


  • Never flush cat litter, disposable diapers, sanitary napkins, tampons, paper towels, facial tissues, coffee grounds, or cigarette butts and filters. They'll clog your septic tank in less time than you might imagine.


Use Garbage Disposals Wisely


  • A garbage disposal can double the amount of solids added to a septic tank.


  • Choose a top-line disposal that grinds food into tiny particles that are easier for a system to digest.


Minimize Heavy Duty Cleaners


  • Overuse of heavy cleaners kills beneficial bacteria in the septic tank, so solids won't break down as well.


Do Not Pour Grease Down the Drain


  • Grease can clog the septic drainfield, making it impossible for soil to absorb liquids. If that happens you'll need a new drainfield.


Avoid Hazardous Chemicals


  • Varnish, paint thinners, motor oils, gasoline and other similar chemicals can ruin your system and are a hazard to groundwater. Dispose of them properly.


Protect the System from Damage


  • Do not drive over the drainfield, build a structure on top of it, or cover it with concrete or asphalt.
  • Do plant grass on the drainfield to minimize soil erosion.


Perform Regular Maintenance


  • Solids must eventually be pumped from the tank. Many experts advise a family of four with a 1,000 gallon septic tank to have the tank pumped after 3-5 years of full time use. Other experts say you can go much longer between pumping operations.


  • Never attempt to open a septic tank yourself. Gases and bacteria in it are dangerous.


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