A Septic Tank is a buried, watertight tank designated and constructed to receive and partially treat raw domestic sanitary wastewater. Heavy solids settle to the bottom of the tank while greases and lighter solids float to the top. The solids stay in the tank while the wastewater is discharged to the drainfield for further treatment and dispersal. Your septic tank is part of your septic system. It does require maintenance. When your tank is not properly maintained the accumulated solids, each time the toilet is flushed, will begin to slowly washout into the drainfield, eventually causing clogging which requires costly reinstallation.
Pumping your tank:
Septic tanks need to be cleaned when the accumulation of scum (top layer) and sludge (bottom layer) exceed the designed storage capacity of the tank.
Depending on the size of the tank and the number of inhabitants, the tank should be pumped on average every 3-5 years. 1-2 people in the home can go a little longer, 6-9 years on 1000 gallon septic tank. Tanks come in different sizes, usually it is the number of bedrooms in the house multiplied by 250 gallons. Residential septic tanks can range from 500-2000 gallons with 1000 gallon tanks being the most common
To have your tank pumped, the lids need to be located. The county does provide As-Builts (maps of your septic system) to the public, although not all tanks have As-Builts.
Depending on when the tank was installed the lids can be different. In newer tanks or updated ones lids are usually green fiberglass about 24” round and there could be 1-3 lids depending on the size of the tank. Most older tanks, pre-1977, have cement lids and sometimes just one depending on the size of the tank. Smaller tanks do not always have 2 lids. Some lids are underground, these lids must be dug. We charge to dig up the lids by hand. If they are 3ft or deeper we need to bring the Little Track Hoe out, which is a bigger charge. Digging lids can be a strain on our guys, so we encourage homeowners to have their lids exposed. Exposed lids help our guys move along at a steady pace.
To avoid future digs, we can install risers. Risers bring your lids to the surface so that digging up the lids is no longer needed. Risers are made of the same Material as the green lids and they form a vapor barrier when installed.
If your tank is far from the road or in a field, we do have hoses that can reach about 100 ft.
Some things we charge extra for: mileage outside the city limits, digging, cleaning the filter, disposal of old lids, extra truck time for pumping up hill, and extra time for breaking up heavy solids.
As of 07/2017 we no longer maintain or repair pumps, but we can refer you to a qualified pump service company.