Your septic system at your home or cabin is super important to the health of your property and your lake, and to the value of your property. You should have a decent working knowledge of your system and what shape it is in. There are many businesses that you can hire to inspect your septic, give you the advice you need, and maintain or fix any issues.

Learn more about septic systems and excavation.

How do I find the names of local contractors who are licensed by the State of Minnesota?  

(Note: To find the names of contractors in Itasca County click on County and then select Itasca)

The University of Minnesota Extension has published an excellent guide on septic systems.

The guide costs five dollars and is only available in hard copy, but it is well worth the investment if you own a septic system.

Where can I get information in Itasca County about a low interest septic loan, certificate of compliance, and other septic information

How do I prevent my septic system from freezing?

What do I do with my septic system after a flood has occurred?

I have decided to abandon my septic system, so what do I need to do?

Cornell University has a good online site about septic systems and wastewater. Here is the link.

Here is a good general guide, "A Septic System Owner's Manual", from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.

Want to know more about your septic system? Interested in the chemistry of it and how things can go wrong?  Here is a detailed white paper from a well-known Environmental Consultant Engineer.

Are there some good videos about septic systems that I can watch?


Itasca County Shoreland Guide To Lake Stewardship - (pdf 2.9MB)


Itasca Waters - Septic Excavation

Photos by Mary Shideler