Answers to commonly asked questions
If it is a septic tank and field system, we along with many of the local health departments recommend every 2-3 years depending on the number of people in the household. If it is an aerobic unit, it is recommended you have it cleaned every other year. The Aerobic bugs will produce much more solid waste than anaerobic bugs.
There are a few ways- if we have installed it or serviced it in the past, we will have tank locations in our computer. If not, a general rule of thumb is to locate the line coming out of your house, go out about 10′-12′ from the wall and try to locate with a probe. The lid is usually centered on the tank and 1 ft. from the front edge. If that doesn’t do the trick, we can flush a transmitter down the toilet, and this will float into the septic tank and put out a signal we can pick up with a receiver (however, the line must be open).
Wet spots in the yard over the septic field, smell/odor, sluggish drains or gurgling in plumbing, and toilets or showers backing up. Some other signs are if the level in your tank is higher than the inlet pipe, and if effluent runs back in from the septic field.
NO – If your septic has been serviced on a regular basis and is working properly. However, some systems/households do not generate enough bacteria on their own. In that case, we recommend adding some type of bacteria cultures. We recommend Propump live bacteria cultures.
Most counties will either do a percolation test or soil evaluation holes to determine the soil category or perk rate. Residential systems are sized by the number of bedrooms and soil type. Commercial units are sized by the amount of employees and soil type.
Yes, but you need to maintain a minimum distance of 10′ or more, especially if it is a shallow root type tree such as a Willow or Silver Maple.
It’s all about preventive maintenance
- Be extremely conservative in the amount of water you use. Remember all water drained into the septic system must be absorbed into the ground.
- Do not direct non-sewage water into the septic system. This includes footing drains, sump pumps, gutters, down spouts, water softeners, R/O systems or any other water filtration devices. Direct all surface water away from all areas of the septic system.
- Do not flush unnecessary items through the septic system such as: oils, coffee grounds, cigarette butts, paper towels, disposable diapers, newspapers, rags, sanitary napkins, sticks, toys, etc.. NO WET WIPES OR DIAPER WIPES – even if they say they are flushable. These items quickly fill your septic tank with solids, decrease the efficiency, do not decompose readily, and can clog the entire system.
- Do not drive or construct items such as patios and decks, driveways, swimming pools, or garages over the septic system.
- Have your septic tank cleaned at least every 2-3 years and be sure to inspect your baffles in the septic tank after each cleaning. Aerobic/Mechanical units should be cleaned every other year.
- If you have any comments or other questions please contact us at 815-942-2829.