FAQ’s Septic

* Why do septic systems fail?

-Most septic system failures are related to inappropriate design and poor maintenance. Some soil-based systems (with a drainfield) have been installed at sites with inadequate or inappropriate soils, excessive slopes or high ground water tables. These conditions can cause hydraulic failures and water resource contamination. Failure to preform routine maintenance, such as pumping the septic tank at least every 3-5 years, can cause solids in the tank to migrate into the drainfield and clog the system.

* If I think there is a problem, should I open my septic tank?

-NO! Though septic systems are safe for your family, opening the septic tank without professional training can expose you to dangerous gases and bacteria. Call a certified and trained septic professional if you detect any problems in your system.

* What is an effluent filter?

-Newer septic tanks (installed after the year 2000) are required to have an effluent filter located on the outlet of the septic tank. The filter protects the drainfield by trapping solids in the wastewater. If the septic tank is not pumped out periodically, the filter can become clogged with these solids. Therefore, wastewater cannot flow into the drainfield. The result is wastewater backing up into the house.

* Do I need to add anything to my system to keep it working properly?

-Generally, no. Most of the products that you see advertised have no effect either way. You are basically flushing your money away! However, with some systems we add a live bacteria treatment after pumping if there is evidence that the household bacteria isn’t sufficient.

* How can I prevent sewer back-ups from happening in my home?

-While sometimes back-ups can’t be avoided, it is a good idea to have a video inspection done on your sewer lateral if you have been having problems with chronic back-ups. A video inspection of your pipe should show exactly what is causing back-ups. Whether it’s roots, a low spot in the pipe, imperfections in the joints, etc.