What makes up a septic system?
The components of a septic system include: septic tank pump tank with pump inlet and/or outlet baffles (filters) and a drainfield.
Should I get my septic tank pumped often?
Depending on the number of people in your household, and the size and age of your septic system, you should pump your tank every 2-3 years.
How do I access my septic tank?
Most residential septic systems have between 1 and 5 lids that are raised to grade or slightly below the surface of the ground and will need to be exposed.
Should I know where my septic tank is located?
Yes. It is important to know the location of each component of your septic system for multiple reasons. Some of these reasons include:
- Cleaning and maintenance of the system
- Prevention of driving or moving vehicles or heavy machinery over septic system
- Landscaping: keeping shrubs, trees, and overgrowth from harming your system
- Building an addition to your residence, such as another room, porch, or walkway
Can I build or do any other kind of landscaping on my drainfield?
We strongly suggest that you do not build or landscape on any part of your drainfield or any other part of your septic system. Costly damage can occur to the system as well as the potential for serious health risks to you and your family. Grass is generally the only thing that should be planted on top of your drainfield.
How can I tell if my septic system has failed?
Generally, a failed septic system will cause sinks and toilets in your home to back up, drain slowly, or smell of sewage. Other signs of septic system failure include wetness or puddling on or near your drain field and even contaminated well water.
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