Helpful Tips / Dos and Don’ts

Environmental officials and community leaders agree – septic systems and other onsite wastewater treatment systems must be operated and maintained to function correctly. In this way, small onsite systems that serve individual homes are no different than large centralized wastewater facilities serving entire communities. But unlike large community systems, individual home onsite wastewater systems have no operator to monitor them and no staff to keep records or perform regular maintenance. In most communities, it is up to system owners to initiate maintenance.
With over 49 years of experience in septic system maintenance, our trained personnel have the necessary qualifications to operator and maintain your septic system.

Anyone can service your onsite system, but not just anyone is trained to look at the components of your system and advise you on trouble areas.

Most homeowners take the simple act of using water in their home for granted. It is not until the water does not go down the drain or surfaces in the yard, that it is realized that there is a problem. By the time onsite system problems become noticeable, they may already be a threat to public health and the environment.

Regular maintenance and inspections can not only help avoid backups and extend the life of your system, but also protect the water quality of our drinking water, streams, lakes and ponds.

Dos

• Spread out laundry over several days. Doing all of your laundry on one day can put more water into the system than it can treat.
• Use only biodegradable soaps and cleaning agents.
• Spend less time in the shower with the water running. Long showers can attribute to excess water usage.
• If your system has a splitter (diverter) box, make the adjustment to alternate the usage of your leach lines once yearly.

Dont’s

• Don’t pour cooking or any other kind of oil or grease down the drains or toilet.
• Don’t put any paints or solvents of any kind down your drains, not even water based paints.
• Don’t flush anything down the toilet except toilet tissue and what ever you have already eaten. This should be a strict rule.
• Don’t neglect your septic system. It is your onsite wastewater treatment plant. Having city sewers comes with a sewer tax. While you have the benefit of not paying that tax, you have the responsibility to maintain your treatment plant.
• Don’t rely on the wide range of septic tank additives to be a substitute for the routine pumping of you tank. There are no products, at this time, that can be used without also periodically pumping the tank.

pumping the septic tank

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

1.) How often should I have my septic tank cleaned?

It is recommended that your system be serviced every two to three years. If you have a garbage disposal and use it more than sparingly, than your systems should be pumped every one to two years. Older homes with small older systems may require pumping more frequently.

2.) How close do you need to get to the septic tank?

Our trucks carry approximately 200’ of hose. More hose is available at an additional cost.

3.) My drains are gurgling, what is wrong?

In most cases you probably have a plugged main line or your septic tank is flooded or overfull. But, in some cases a vent problem could cause gurgling.

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