Frequently Asked Questions:
- How often do I need to pump my septic tank ?
The reason for pumping a septic tank is to prevent solids from building up to a point where they begin overflowing and exiting the septic tank and potentially plugging other components of the septic system. On today’s modern systems we recommend a minimum of every two years. Number of household residents also plays a role in the recommended pumping frequency. Many municipalities are now adopting this minimum two year guideline.
- I have never pumped my septic tank and do not know where it is located. What should I do ?
A trained professional can usually spot the location of an existing tank simply by variations in the grounds characteristics. There are also locating devices designed for this task such as, probe rods and electronic locating equipment that can be flushed down the toilet.
- What household products are harmful to my septic system?
The most common and most harmful items we routinely find being used in the household are cleaning products containing chlorine bleach, These include chlorine bleach being used in the laundry, toilet bowl cleaning products containing chlorine bleach and salt brine backwash from water softener units.
Many septic system component manufacturers will void all company warranties if salt brine backwash is found to be discharging into the septic system.
NEVER FLUSH THE FOLLOWING:
Disposable diapers, bones, sanitary napkins, tampons, tampon applicators, condoms, coffee grounds, plastic band aids, bandage wrappers, dental floss and cigarette butts will not break down. Throw them in the trash. Otherwise they accumulate in your septic tank. Petroleum based and latex paints will inactivate the bacteria located inside your septic tank and can pollute the ground water.
- Can I use a garbage disposal in my house if I have a septic system?
The bacteria located in the septic tank cannot efficiently digest the waste from a garbage disposal unit. More frequent tank pumping would result and the potential for excessive solids passing through the septic tank would increase the chances of premature failure for the entire septic system. We strongly recommend not using a garbage disposal when connected to a septic system.