Frequently Asked Questions

How often should I pump my septic tank?

Generally, every 2 or 3 years. Tank size, water consumption, garbage disposal and products used in the home can greatly influence how often it should be done.

Was my septic system full?

Your septic system will always look "full"--this is how it is designed to work. It is at working level when it's just at the pipe. If it's over the pipe, then it's overfull and should be pumped before you have problems.

Should I be adding anything to my septic system?

No, the bacterial function of your septic system is all natural. The only thing that should go down your drains are toilet paper and wastewater. Grease, oil, fats and baby wipes should be thrown in the trash. Household disinfectants, cleaners, bleach and antibacterial products should be used sparingly.

Who pays for a Title 5 Inspection?

Generally, the homeowner pays for a title 5 inspection before the house is on the market or during the listing.

What is a tight tank and how often is it pumped?

A tight tank is basically just a holding tank for all your septic and wastewater. Once it gets full, an alarm goes off and it needs to be pumped out. A household with 2-3 people in it who watch their water usage with need to have their tight tank pumped about every 6-8 weeks. This is without a washing machine going into the tank.

What's the difference between a septic system as-built plan and a plot plan?

An as-built plan shows the measurements to your septic system from your foundation in your yard.  This is helpful in locating your septic system if you do not know where it is.  The septic as-built looks like this:

As Built

A plot plan just shows the foundation of your home in relation to your lot lines.  It does not show anything about your septic system.  A plot plan looks like this:

Plot Plan

What type of soap should I used in my home?

We strongly urge you to stay away from using antibacterial soap...it can kill off the bacteria needed in the tank to keeping working like it should.  Liquid soap is the best choice for hand soap and for the dishwasher as well.  Powdered laundry detergent is not recommended.  Bleach should be used sparingly because it can destroy the bacteria in the tank

Can I fix my system if it’s in failure?

There are some additives that are allowed to help maintain and rejuvenate a leaching system.  These chemicals do work to some degree but are considered a “band-aid” and will only help the system temporarily.  A typical system lasts only 20-30 years.  if your system is in failure, it’s best to repair/replace it to comply with current laws and avoid any headaches.  In some instances, a White Knight System may be allowed to help rejuvenate the leaching area of your system.  Please contact us for more information or to see if your home is a candidate for this system. 

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