What is a septic system?

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A septic system is an underground wastewater treatment system that is generally comprised of a septic tank and an absorption drain field.

What is the difference between a septic system and a holding tank?

Septic systems are self-contained structures used for the treatment of wastewater.  Holding tanks are simply temporary receptacles that store sewage and wastewater until it can be removed and disposed of at a wastewater treatment facility.  Holding tanks must be pumped and cleaned much more frequently than septic system tanks.

What is a mound system?

A mound septic system, consisting of a septic tank, a dosing chamber, and an earth mound, is an alternative to the drain field of the traditional septic system.  It is beneficial in areas that are prone to septic system failure due to soil problems or a high seasonal water table.  Liquid waste travels from the septic tank into the dosing chamber and is then distributed into the mound at a metered rate.  Final treatment of the wastewater occurs in the soil underneath the mound.

For more information, please refer to the article below:
Mounds: A Septic System Alternative

How large is my septic tank?

The average residential septic tank is approximately 1,000 gallons.  However, this can vary greatly depending on what type of septic system is installed.

How can I find my septic tank?

The easiest way to locate a septic tank is to check records of its installation.  Ask someone who was there when it was buried or examine blueprints or drawings for its location.

Do you install septic systems?

No, we do not install septic systems or holding tanks.

What is a septic tank riser?

A septic tank riser is an extension that is added to a septic tank.  Its purpose is to raise the height of the septic tank lid so that it meets government codes and provides easier access for septic tank cleaning.

Do you uncover a septic tank lid?

No, we do not uncover or dig out septic tank lids.

How often should I have my septic tank cleaned?

Septic tank cleaning frequency can differ depending on several variables, such as the number of members in a household, amount of appliances and drains hooked into the system, as well as lifestyle habits.  A good estimate to ensure proper function of a septic system is to have it cleaned every 1 to 2 years.

What should I not flush down the drain?

Its easier to think of what should be flushed, human excrement and toilet paper.  Some items that should never be introduced to your septic system include: bathroom wipes (even if they are “flushable”), contraceptives, cotton balls or swabs, medications, paper towels, cigarette butts, Band-Aids, dental floss, cat litter, disposable diapers, and any types of fats, oils, or grease.

How can I maintain my septic system?

The biggest component of septic system maintenance is regular cleanings.  It is never good to wait until you have a problem to have your septic cleaned because this can lead to costly repairs.  Between cleanings, additives such as RID-X can be used to activate natural bacteria and enzymes which in turn break down household waste.

What is a lift station?

Sewage lift stations are used when gravity does not allow wastewater to easily flow to its destination.  When this occurs, lift stations pump wastewater and sewage to higher elevations.

Do you empty camper or RV tanks?

Unfortunately, this is not a service that we provide.

What forms of payment are accepted?

We currently accept cash, money order, personal and cashier’s checks.  Credit and debit card payment coming soon!