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Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to put any additives in my septic?
Under normal conditions, bacteria will be present in your tank. However, it is sometimes beneficial to use an additive to promote this bacteria growth. In these cases we recommend Bio Clean and have it available for purchase.
Can I snow plow over my septic tank or drainfield?
No, plowing could increase the possibility of frozen lines and/or tank.
Can I plant trees or shrubs over/near my drainfield?
It is recommended that you keep plantings at a distance so that roots do not interfere with the functionality of the system
When should I get my septic tank pumped?
Several factors determine pumping frequency. A general rule of thumb based on the federal EPA “Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems Manual” is septic thanks should be pumped when they are 1/3 full of scum and sludge. This can vary from 6 months to several years depending on usage.
How often should I clean my effluent filter?
Under normal circumstances, effluent filters will require cleaning every three years. However, some filters may requre yearly service. One of our licensed technicians can help you develop a maintenance plan to suit your needs.
Are these pipes sticking out of my yard necessary?
A service manhole cover should be at ground level if you have an effluent filter that will need maintenance. Risers are sometimes installed on the septic tank because the access cover is below ground, and this riser will make locating the cover more convenient. There are usually several vent pipes and inspection pipes that are also essential to a healthy septic system. Inspection pipes are often installed at the beginning of the drainfield, these are used to check that the drainfield is working properly and there is no water accumulating. A vent pipe allows for better evaporation, and is typically installed at the end of the drainage system.
What do I do if I don’t know where my septic tank is located?
The first step in locating a septic tank/system would be contacting your local County Zoning or Health Department to see if they have a copy of the original sanitary permit on file. This permit would have a plot plan, or basic drawing, of the layout of your septic system. If there is not a permit on file, the next step would be to locate the main sewer line exiting the house, that will “point’ you in the right direction in the yard. Then you can use a some labor to look for your tank. We also have some options that can help you locate the septic tank. We offer camera locating services, our camera is equipped with measuring instruments and locating beacon to help pinpoint pipe and tank locations without the need for excessive digging. Our technicians also have years of septic experience on their side!