Septic System FAQs
What is the size of a normal septic tank?
Septic Tank size is based on the number of rooms in the house. A 3 bedroom house will typically have a 1,000 gallon tank. The number of rooms in your home will determine the size of your septic tank but the normal septic tank is around 1,000 gallons.
How often should I have my septic tank pumped?
You should have your septic tank pump every 3-5 years depending on the amount of people living in your home. If you cannot remember the last time your septic tank was pumped it is probably a good time to get it done.
Should I use additives in my septic system?
Typically additives are unnecessary to maintain a properly installed and functioning septic system. In some instances a system can become overloaded by organic material and the enzymes and bacteria can actually help. Your system can become overloaded if it is required to process more waste than it was designed to process. This typically happens when large parties or extra guests stay for an extend period of time. If you feel you have a need for these additives feel free to give us a call.
Do septic tanks last forever?
NO! Septic tanks can be made of polymer plastic and concrete. Concrete deteriorates over time due to exposure to waste water, salts and acids. Polymer tanks typically last longer if taken care of without physical abuse.
Can I build on top of my Septic Tank?
NO! Building on top of your septic tank can cause permanent damage to your tank or drain lines. Any future pumping or repair would be nearly impossible with the structure on top. If a problem does arise then the structure would need to be removed in order for a proper inspection.
How do I find my Septic Tank?
If you do not know where you septic tank is the local health department should have a map of your septic system. If they do not or you do not want to contact them we can find your system for you. We use cameras and flushable locaters to pin point the location of your tank.
I have water in my yard and a bad odor?
This could be your septic tank, leach field or nothing at all. It is hard to tell until one of our technicians comes and diagnoses your problem. It is definitely important to have this checked immediately.