Johnson Septic Service has been pumping septic tanks for over 15 years. Our technicians are well trained in septic system operations to best serve all your septic needs. We recommend pumping your tank every 1-3 years based on the size of the household. We also encourage the use of Bio Tabs, which will help to extend the life of your system. Call us today to schedule your next septic service!
200 FT. OF HOSE
We carry 200 feet of suction hose on our trucks, so we can service tanks in almost any location.
ECO Friendly Disposal
We do not land apply any waste. All waste is treated at a licensed waste water treatment plant.
Septic Tank Additives
Bio Tabs® are like vitamins for your septic system. This product is full of good bacterias that breakdown the different types of waste in the septic tank and drain field. One dose per month will extend the life of your system!
How Your System Works
Waste flows for the house into the septic tank. Here, most of the solids are separated to the bottom and are partially decomposed by bacteria to form sludge. Some solids float and form a scum layer on top of the water. The liquid effluent (waste water) from the septic tank is discharged into the soil absorption field. Here the water is further purified by filtration and decomposition by micro-organisms in the soil. The purified water then moves to the groundwater system. This is the last line of defense to prevent polluted waste from entering lakes, streams, and groundwater.
Preventing Septic Issues
Septic system failures can be messy and expensive. We’ve compiled some basic information and tips for homeowners with septics so you can keep yours running efficiently and avoid huge repair costs. Read on to learn more about how to prevent septic issues at your home.
Common Causes of Septic Issues
- Pipe from the house to the tank is clogged
Drains drain very slowly (or sometimes stop draining completely) when this occurs. Often, a technician can fix this problem by “snaking the drain” for you.
- Drainfield has failed or is saturated with water
You might see wet, soggy areas near the septic drainfield, or maybe even bright green, spongy grass. This can signal the end of life for this component of your septic system, but it can also signify that you are overdue for a pump. Contact a professional septic services technician (like our team at Johnson Septic Service) to assess the situation.
- Inlet or outlet baffle or effluent filter is blocked or clogged
A blocked inlet baffle is similar to a clogged pipe, and a service professional can fix this quite easily and inexpensively. A clogged outlet baffle may result in sewage backing up into your home, which can be fixed by cleaning or replacing the effluent filter or having the system pumped.
- Increased water usage
More people in the house means more water usage, which can lead to septic tank leaks. For example, in early 2020 when most Hoosiers were staying at home due to coronavirus concerns, emergency septic service calls increased across Northwest Indiana.
Signs Your Septic System Is Failing
- Bad odors about septic tank or drainfield
- Water and sewage backing up into home from drains and sinks
- Bathtubs, showers and sinks draining really slowly
- Standing water or damp spots near the septic tank or drainfield
- Gurgling sounds coming from your plumbing system
How To Care For Your Septic System
- Make sure everyone in your house flushes nothing other than toilet paper. Wipes, diapers, feminine care products and other paper products can quickly lead to a clog or septic failure.
- Make regular maintenance part of your to-do list! Have your system inspected annually. This can help flag potential issues and allow an expert to correct or fix blockages and clogs right away. Also, have your septic pumped regularly (every 1-3 years is best).
Our Septic Services and Recommendations
We recommend pumping your septic tank every 1-3 years based on the size of your household.
We also encourage the use of Bio Tabs, which help extend the life of your system.