Frequently Asked Questions
Where is my septic tank located?
Septic tanks are typically buried underground. You may find them anywhere between 10 to 25 feet away from your property. You can try locating it by tracing the sewer pipes from your basement or by probing the ground with an electronic locating device, but the best way is still to have a professional do it for you.
How can I access my septic tank if it is buried underground?
Septic tanks usually have an access opening that can extend to ground level for access. This opening is how technicians perform maintenance and inspection on them.
What is septic tank pumping?
Septic tank pumping is the process of cleaning sludge buildup to avoid blocking the pipes that lead the wastewater out.
When should I have my septic tank pumped?
Generally, septic tanks need to be pumped every 2 to 5 years to prevent buildup and blocking, but there are other factors to consider too. The frequency of maintenance and pumping will depend on the size of the property, size of the tank, number of residents, and amount of waste being produced.
Do I need to have my septic tank inspected?
Yes, you need to have your septic tank inspected regularly. Septic inspections are done to assess the condition of the tank and how much work needs to be done for maintenance.
How do I make sure my septic system won’t fail?
For new constructions, you need to make sure that the septic system is designed and installed properly. For existing septic systems, regular maintenance is the way to go.
What is a septic tank alarm?
A septic tank alarm is a device that goes off to warn you about potential problems before they get serious. Some septic tanks come with alarms, but they are not found in all of them.
Are slow draining pipes a sign of septic system problems?
Slow draining pipes can be a sign of septic problems if you have not had it serviced for a while. If you have recently had maintenance performed on your septic system, something else may be causing it.
Is bleach harmful to my septic system?
Bleach will not be harmful to your septic system if you use it in moderation. Most cleaning products contain bleach to kill bacteria and too much of it can cause septic system problems. Bacteria is what decomposes the solid matter that comes with wastewater and too much bleach will interfere with the curing process.
Are chemicals used in septic maintenance?
No, chemicals are not used in septic maintenance. Septic maintenance usually includes inspection and pumping only. Inspections are done to check the tank’s physical condition, while pumping is done to clear out sludge that has accumulated inside it.