Many homeowners believe that they do not ever have to pump their septic tanks because they don’t have any problems. When you wait for the problem to occur it is likely to cost you more than if you just would have had it pumped on a regular basis. Think of your septic system as a garbage can, when it gets full you empty it, the same goes for a septic tank they do get full and they do need to be emptied.
How does a septic system work?
All of the water that comes out of your house goes directly into your septic tank. Washing machine, dishwasher, bathrooms, showers, anything that goes down a drain goes into your septic tank. A septic tank is designed to hold water long enough for all the grease, fats to float to the top, and any solids to settle at the bottom forming sludge. Now this sludge does not just magically disappear. After so many years it begins to build up. If you continue to let this build up and ignore your septic it will either back-up into your house, causing a very unsightly mess on your floor which may add to your cost, or solids will begin to flow out into your drain field eventually ruining it. Consider that a pumping costs on average about 300 dollars, a new drain field costs anywhere from 5 to 10,000.00 dollars! That is equal to about 33 pumping which is more than you will probably ever need. So no matter what your Grandpa told you about septic systems you DO need to pump them.
How often should my tank be pumped?
Depending on how many people live in the house, and how big your tank is you should probably have your tank pumped every 3 years. If you have 5 people in your house and only have a 1200-gallon tank you may want to do it more often, say every 2 years. If there is just one of you then you may be able to go about 5 years. An easy way to tell if you need your tank pumped is by having risers installed on your tank for easy access for inspection. All you would have to do is pop the top and see if the solids and toilet paper have built up if they have, give us a call.
What can I flush down my toilet?
Despite what the package may say, some things you just shouldn’t flush. Baby wipes, baby diapers, grown up wipes, tampons, tampon applicators, dental floss, q-tips, cigarette butts, grease, toys, none of this stuff should go into your septic tank. Baby wipes, and tampons have ruined more drain fields than I can count. I know they say they are flushable but they do not break down like organic material does. Tampons swell to 10x their size, and easily clog pipes and drain fields. These things were meant to go in the garbage can please put them there.
Do I even have a septic tank?
If you live in the country or outside the city limits most likely you have a septic tank. If you don’t get a monthly sewer bill from the city, most likely you have a septic tank. If you just don’t know call us we will come to the house and either find the septic tank, or find that you are on city sewer. If you are just buying a house please ask for a septic inspection. This way you know what you have or what you don’t have.
What is a riser and why do I need it?
Most septic tanks are buried anywhere from 1-5 feet deep. To save you money and time a riser should be installed on your septic tank. What this does is bring your lid to the tank to ground level so that it can be easily inspected, or looked at to diagnose a problem you may be having. Have you ever had your toilet back up, plunging did not work, and you couldn’t find your tank to see if it was full. If you have a riser you will easily be able to pop the top and see if the tank is full and you need it pumped, or if you need to call a roto rooter service to snake your lines. This can also save you money on costly find and dig charges. Many customers swear their tank is right here, when in actuality it was 15 feet in the other direction, the more time we spend looking and digging the more money it will cost you. Riser material comes in 2- different sizes 18 and 24 inch, along with a variety of lids than can be installed
18” material is 25.00 a foot
24”material is 25.00 a foot
Cement lid is 25.00
A green plastic Fralo lid is 80.00
Sometimes a tank adapter is needed to make a round lid fit a square hole.
Tank adapter is 75.00
This one time charge for risers can save you lots of money in the long run. Please feel free to call for more information.