Enviro-Tech Pumping Septic FAQ

How long do septic systems last?

Septic systems are designed to provide long-term, effective treatment of household waste when operated and maintained properly. However, most systems that fail prematurely are due to improper maintenance.

Should I be careful of what I pour down the drain?

 Most substances that are poured down the drain do not decompose and remain in the septic tank. Don’t pour grease, fats, and oils down the drain or place coffee grounds and eggshells in the disposal or down the drain. Keep chemicals out of your system.

Can my septic system contaminate my well and nearby streams and water bodies?

Yes, particularly if the effluent is not adequately treated, as in a failing system. Untreated effluent is a health hazard and can cause many human diseases. Once this untreated effluent enters the groundwater, you and your neighbor’s wells can be contaminated.

How can I prevent a septic failure?

Maintenance! If your system has been properly designed, sited, and installed, the rest is up to you. Inspect your system annually and pump as needed (usually every 3-5 years), avoid excess water use, and watch what you put down the drain and flush down the toilet.

How do I know my septic system is in good working order?

A septic system evaluation can be performed by a septic system professional.

What happens when a septic system fails?

Usually when a septic system fails, the drainfield is not functioning properly. When a septic tank overflows, the effluent can pass to the drainfield, clogging up the pipes. This causes sinks and toilets to back up in the house.

What is considered proper maintenance of my septic system?

Maintaining your septic system requires regularly scheduled pumpings and a satisfactory bacteria presence to aid in the digestion of organic solids. Neglecting proper maintenance will result in system distress and ultimately, system failure.

How often should my septic system be pumped out?

Generally speaking, for a 1500 gallon septic tank with a properly working leach field, it is recommended to have the system pumped out every 3 to 5 years.

What should I absolutely not flush or rinse down the drain to my septic tank?

Baby wipes, Disposable diapers, Paper Towels, Gauze bandage, 
Cooking oil, Grease drippings, Cooking fat, Coffee grinds,
Dental floss, Food wrappings, Cigarette butts, Cat litter, Balloons,
Condoms, Hair combings, Feminine products, Pesticides, Drugs,
Paints, Paint thinner, Bleach, Clorox & Harsh cleaners.

What is effluent?

Effluent is the term used for the waste water produced from your household.

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