Septic Systems FAQ's

Daily Tips for a Long-Lasting, Trouble Free Septic System

A properly designed and installed system will give you years of trouble-free service if you protect the system with good daily habits and pump the septic tank regularly. Get in touch with Wade for all your septic system needs. Call (715) 349-7286 or (715) 296-9298 today.

Soil tests before installation

When having a septic system installed, you want to make sure you won't have any trouble down the road. A soil test shows the suitability of the soil for a private septic system. There are several designs available if the soil test reveals the property is not suitable for a conventional septic system. It's important to obtain a soil test before purchasing any property if possible to have an idea of the type of septic system that can be installed. 

Ensure proper design and layout

The property elevation, design, construction, and maintenance will insure the life of your septic system will be prolonged. Capacity is a very important consideration and is determined by the number of bedrooms of the residence. No part of the system should be under heavily traveled areas such as a driveway or patio.

Secure the correct permits

State and local regulations require necessary permits be obtained before any septic system can be installed or replaced. A sketch or plot plan of the system, showing building specifications meeting current requirements, such as distances from the house, well, lake, etc. has to be provided. Wade is responsible for these requirements and includes that as part of his job. 

New home construction septic checklist

The following checklist should be considered before any new construction begins to help prevent unnecessary problems in the future:
  • Obtain a soil test
  • Properly locate the septic system
  • Have easy access to the septic system for pumping

Checklist for purchasing a home with a septic system

If you're purchasing a home that already has a septic system, it's important to:
  • Ask questions. What is the age of the system? What is the size of the system? Have there been any previous problems? Has it ever backed into the house? Is there a maintenance record? When was the septic tank pumped last?
  • Make sure the septic tank is accessible for pumping.
  • Fully check the system. Locate the cell (soil absorption field/drainfield) and check the grounds for seeping effluent.
  • Determine what needs to be done, if anything, before you buy the home.

How often should the septic tank be pumped? 

Every 1-3 years, when the sludge in the tank is approaching the 1/3 full mark. If more than this amount of sludge builds up, there is a chance that particles can get into the cell (drainfield) and clog the system. 

To insure regular service, keep a maintenance record of your system (the Bumett County Zoning Office sends post cards to remind homeowners to pump their tanks).

How does the use of household water affect the system?

It's always best to conserve water. The more water that is used, the more that must be disposed of by the septic system cells (drainfield). 

We recommend buying water conserving appliances, such as dishwashers, washing machines, and toilets. Install water conserving shower heads and faucets. Avoid unnecessary flushing of stool. Wash only full loads of clothes and fix leaky faucets.

Common household habits that create problems in a septic tank

It's essential to not treat your septic tank as a disposal: Grease is the worst thing in a system. Coffee grounds, bones, cooking fats, filter cigarette butts, disposable diapers, paper toweling, tissues, etc., should not be put into the system.
Garbage disposals are not recommended: The food particles fill up the septic tank faster and food particles tend to clog the system. If a garbage disposal is used, plan to pump the septic system twice as often or increase the tank size by 1/3.

Rainwater runoff overloads the system: Since all water must be disposed of, do not have storm or clear water from the basement or roof or water softener go into the sewage treatment system.

Extensive use of household cleaning products: Moderate use of bleaches, cleansers and other household products will not harm your septic tank.

Colorful toilet paper: White toilet paper use is the best because there are no dyes that need to be broken down in white paper.
Waste treatment tank / septic tank installation

Septic safety precautions

  • Absolutely never go into a septic tank: Lethal gases build up in the tank that are overpowering and deadly. Call professionals if you have a problem with your system. 
  • Know where the manhole cover is located: It should be earth covered or locked at all times.
  • Old septic tanks: Septic tanks that are no longer being used should be filled with earth or rock.
A properly designed and installed system will give you years of trouble-free service if you protect the system with good daily habits and pump the septic tank regularly.

For professional septic installations, call (715) 349-7286 or (715) 296-9298 today.

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