Addressing Common Fears: Is Your Septic System Safe for Children and Pets?

Safety at home is paramount for everyone, especially if you have young children or furry friends roaming your property. One of the primary concerns for homeowners with septic systems is the safety of their loved ones. Long Hill Contracting, New Jersey's leading expert in septic system installations, often encounters this question from concerned homeowners. Let's dispel the fears and myths and delve into the safety of septic systems for children and pets.

Understanding Septic Systems

First, it's vital to understand the basics. A septic system is a private sewage treatment system that uses a combination of nature and technology to treat wastewater from bathrooms, kitchen drains, and laundry. They are usually installed underground in your yard.

Are Septic Systems Safe?

For Children

Kids are naturally curious and may be drawn to the septic tank's lids or mounds in the yard. The primary concern here is ensuring that access points are securely sealed. Most modern septic systems, like those installed by Long Hill Contracting, come with childproof lids. However, regularly checking that these lids are secure and undamaged is always a good practice. If you're unsure about the safety of your septic system's access points, it's wise to call in experts like Long Hill Contracting for a thorough inspection.

For Pets

Dogs, in particular, have a knack for digging. While the main parts of a septic system are buried deep underground, the drain field lines may be closer to the surface. If you notice your pet showing undue interest in a particular area, it could be due to a leak or an odor they detect. Regular maintenance checks can prevent potential issues, ensuring your yard remains a safe playground for your pets.

Tips for Ensuring Safety

Regular Maintenance

Routine checks and maintenance can't be emphasized enough. You reduce risks and potential hazards by ensuring your system is functioning optimally.

Educate Children

While your septic system's components should be securely sealed and buried, teaching children about the potential dangers and establishing boundaries is essential, ensuring they don't play near or on the system.


Consider landscaping around your septic system. Planting grass can help prevent soil erosion and deter pets from digging. However, avoid planting trees or large shrubs near the system, as their roots can damage the pipes.

Install Fencing

If you're particularly concerned, consider installing a fence around the septic tank area. This can act as an added barrier for both children and pets.

Trust in Expertise

The key to a safe septic system is its design, installation, and maintenance. When installed correctly and regularly maintained, septic systems pose minimal risks to children and pets. Long Hill Contracting has years of expertise in ensuring that septic systems are efficient and safe. With a team of trained professionals, we prioritize the safety and satisfaction of our clients above all else.

When properly cared for and maintained, Septic systems are safe for your family and pets. It's about taking the necessary precautions and relying on the expertise of professionals like Long Hill Contracting to ensure your system's longevity and safety. So, rest easy knowing that with the proper care and attention, your yard remains a secure space for everyone to enjoy.

We come from three generations in the construction industry with over 30 years of experience in civil construction; honesty and trustworthiness is a virtue instilled in our family. This is the model of how we do business.