Septic System Maintenance
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Service Pumping & Drain Co., Inc. has been providing fast, reliable service for over 80 years. Our customers know they can trust us to properly maintain their system, and with affordable rates and top-notch service, we have many customers who return to us year after year.
The proper maintenance we provide, including routine pumping, can help you maintain the efficiency and prolong the life of your septic system.
- Our technicians pump the tank down to the bottom, removing the solids that can clog your leaching system if allowed to accumulate.
- Our staff doesn't push one particular maintenance schedule, but works with you to figure out the best routine for your system based on the size of your tank, usage, and various other factors that can affect its performance.
- Since remembering when to pump can be difficult, we'll automatically send you a reminder when your system is due for maintenance.
- We also keep your records on file so we'll know the size of your tank and other important information when you call.
How Your System Works
Household wastes travel through a main line into the septic tank. The bacteria that occur naturally in the waste work to break material down in the tank. Solids and heavier items settle to the bottom while liquids rise to the top for dispersion into the leach or drain field. The leach field consists of trenches, beds or galleries that disperse the liquid through the soil via natural filtration back into the ground water.
How Often You Should Pump
How often a system should be pumped depends on several factors:
- The size of the tank.
- If washing machines, garbage disposals, water softeners, or other household waste and gray-water producing appliances are used.
- The number of people using the tank.
- If a person is taking large quantities of medication, which can affect the bacterial action in the tank.
Most tanks should be pumped from every 1 to 3 years. Solids must be pumped to ensure that they are not carried out into the leach field where clogging can occur. Clogging can cause a system to fail or function poorly. Common signs of failure include:
- High surface or standing water in the leaching area.
- Odor or slow drainage from household fixtures.
- Lush vegetation or grass growth.
- Sewage back-up into the home.
Tips for a Healthy Septic System
It's essential to your system that it be pumped regularly. You can also help to improve its efficiency and longevity by conserving water when possible, taking shorter showers and turning off the faucet when brushing your teeth or washing dishes. Doing 12 loads of laundry one after the other is never a good idea! Try to space out water usage throughout the week to allow your system time to settle out properly. Also, try not to use a garbage disposal; compost garbage instead.
To keep your system functioning properly you should NEVER:
- Allow excess amounts of fat or grease to enter the system.
- Allow trucks or heavy equipment to drive over the system at one time. Stagger water use such as showers and laundry.
- Don't plumb water softener systems into your septic tank. That wastewater should go elsewhere because it can destroy the bacterial action in the tank.
- Use excessive amount of laundry soap, detergents, bleach or chemical drain cleaners. Large amounts of these chemicals can kill the friendly bacteria that make your system function properly.
- Ignore plumbing leaks. Any leak, including dripping faucets and running toilets, can quickly saturate your system. Always fix these problems immediately.
Did you know that the products in your home can kill the bacteria necessary to keep your septic system working properly? Service Pumping & Drain is a licensed dealer of CCLS, an environmentally-safe and DEP-approved septic tank and cesspool treatment that helps keep your plumbing and household waste system free-flowing, healthy, and odor-free. Much higher in healthy bacteria and more effective that other products on the market, it is available only through approved contractors.