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SEPTIC TANK PUMPING

  

Septic tank pumping plays a big role in the performance and life expectancy of your septic system. 
New septic systems should be pumped either before occupying the home or after 6-12 months of use as a precautionary measure to insure good bacteria activity and proper functioning.

Most septic systems should be pumped out every 2-3 years depending on the size of the tank and the number of people using the system, the frequency of showers, laundry, flushing, how much inorganic material is introduced, the design and condition of your leaching field and the type of soil in the area of your leaching field.  In some cases when a large number of people are using a small tank, then the tank needs to be pumped annually or semiannually. 
In general an average family should pump their septic tank every 2-3 years.  We understand that not every septic system and family are the same and may need to be on a different pumping schedule.  The easiest way for you to know is to simply have us out to pump your tank and we can let you know at that time the frequency in which you should continue to pump your tank.

WHY PUMP YOUR SEPTIC TANK

The reason for pumping your septic tanks is to remove solid waste that collects in your tank before it enters your drain field.  If proper maintenance is not done to your septic system sludge will build up and eventually flow in the drain field clogging your pipes and rock bed, drastically shortening the life of your septic system.

Warning Signs of Septic System Failure

  • Sluggish drainage in the home
  • Plumbing Backups
  • Gurgling sound in pipes and drains
  • Outdoor Odor
  • Mushy ground or greener grass in the area of the septic system

Homeowners wanting to take good care of their septic systems should make note of the following items that should never be flushed down the drain or toilet. These items can overtax or destroy the biological digestion taking place within the system or clog pumps and pipes.

Baby wipes

Disposable diapers

Hair combings 

Feminine products(sanitary napkins or tampons)

Coffee grounds

Latex products (condoms)

Dental floss

Cigarette butts

Food wrappers

Gauze bandages

Cat litter

Fat, grease, or oil (from cooking)

Paper towels

Excessive amounts of bleach

Hazardous materials  

 

 

NEVER flush chemicals that could contaminate surface and groundwater, such as:

Paints

Waste oils

Varnish

Thinners

Pesticides

Photographic solutions

 

WHAT TO DO IF YOUR ALARM GOES OFF

DON'T PANIC!  First, press the silence button. If the light(s) goes off, you do not need to call your Servicing Representative. Sometimes short power outages can cause the alarm to activate.   If a light stays on and/or sound continues, call us at (320) 630-4800

 

You can continue using water, but we ask that you minimize water use and refrain from doing laundry until the unit is serviced.

 

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