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We service and clean septic tanks of all sizes and do both residential and commercial properties. Licensed and insured.
Does Your Septic Tank Need Cleaning?
Odor: If you have a strong sewage smell coming from drains or near your septic tank this could be a sure sign it's time to pump the tank. This is the least expensive place to start, however, if there is standing sewage near the tank there may be a break in your systems lines. Upon cleaning the septic tank we can determine the exact problem 99% of the time.
Slow Drains and/or Toilets: Having back-ups despite plunging and other attempts to unclog toilets or drains or discolored water coming in through drains is a sure fire sign your tank needs pumping. When your septic tank is full, there's no place for the water and waste to go, so it creeps back up through your toilets and drains.
Soggy Yard: Water and waste of a full septic tank can often be pushed back to surface causing a soggy area near the tank. If this happens your tank should be maintained as soon as possible, as a tank left to do this is unsafe not only for you, but the environment too.
How to Locate Your Lid?
In most cases your tank and lid are anywhere from 4 inches to 4 feet underground. Unless your tank has special risers at ground level, someone has to dig for it. We do locate and dig for an additional fee. Here are some helpful pointers to help you locate and dig to save a little money.
Consult a Map: Most counties retain records from the installation of septic tanks and can provide a diagram of the location to help you find it. When purchasing your home you may have been given a diagram as part of your home inspection.
Search for Signs: Look closely at the conformation of your yard where the tank should be located, unexplained high spots, low spots or dead spots in the grass might indicate a buried tank is below.
Follow the Pipe: In your basement or crawl space locate the 4 inch pipe at the point where it leaves the house and find that location on the outside of the house. Most tanks are located 10-20 feet straight out from this location. Use a thin metal stick to probe into the ground straight out from this pipe and you will usually be able locate the tank easily.
Locate the Lid: Most tanks are rectangle and measure about 5 feet by 8 feet. Probe the ground to find the edges of the tank and mark them. Most tanks installed before 1975 can be a 2 compartment tank with lids located close to each end of the tank. Both lids need to be exposed to ensure proper cleaning. Most lids are in the ground at a shallow location. However, on occasion they are deeper.
Call for a Cleaning: Once you have located and dug the lid(s) up, call us for the opening and cleaning of your tank. Lids can be heavy and tricky, so leave that part to our professionals when they arrive.
Mark the Spot: Once you know where your lid(s) are located mark that spot and you'll have no more guessing and excessive digging in the future.
How Often Should You Clean Your Tank? As a general rule a septic tank should be cleaned every 3 to 5 years. The clean out should be performed by a licensed and insured professional who will have the legal means of disposing the waste.
Awareness Note: After the septic tank has been pumped out it will fill back up with water, sometimes immediately. This does not indicate a problem. This is normal. A septic system needs water inside to operate and work properly. Cleanings are to remove the solids and wastes to allow the tank water to flow freely and do what it is suppose to.