Septic Masters, LLC, is based out of Atlanta and provides septic services to the greater Atlanta area. We work with homeowners, businesses, and builders in the following towns and cities outside of Atlanta:
|Berkeley Lake||Flowery Branch||Norcross|
|Buckhead||Hall County||Stone Mountain|
|Chateau Elan||Hamilton Mill||Sugar Hill|
We also work with anyone living in the following counties:
|North Fulton County|
It can help to understand your septic system and how it works. Here are some of the questions we often here and answers that may help you recognize when you need to give us a call for septic tank services.
What Does My Septic System Actually Do?
Your septic system is designed to collect, break down, and distribute the waste from your home. It takes the place of a city sewage system in homes that are located in rural areas too far to easily or affordably connect to that system. Anything that goes down the drain in your home collected in the septic tank.
Once waste has come into the tank, it separates. Solids sink to the bottom, while plain water rises to the top. In between these two layers are the heavier liquids such as grease and oil. Over time, bacteria in the tank breaks down the solid waste, turning it into effluent or waste water. This effluent along with the other water in the tank, then travels through drainage pipes to the drain field. Here, the water is filtered into the soil, which helps further break down any waste in it and purify it.
What Are the Specifics of My Septic Tank?
Your septic tank is likely made out of fiberglass, polyethylene, or concrete. Septic tanks do come in various sizes. Normally they range from tanks large enough to hold 750 gallons of waste to those that can hold around 1,250 gallons. To provide information on your specific septic tank, we would need to come out and do an inspection.
However, there are a few things that can tell you a little about the tank. If it was more recently installed, it’s probably made out of newer materials. Older tanks, on the other hand, are more likely to be concrete. The size of your home can give you an idea of the size of the tank. Smaller homes usually have smaller septic tanks since there are fewer people living in the house, while larger homes need bigger tanks.
Why Do Septic Tanks Need to be Pumped?
While much of the solid waste is broken down into effluent by bacteria, it does take time. If your septic tank is overloaded, the waste can build up. It’s also possible to put things down the drain that kill the bacteria. When either of these situations occur, your tank can become so full that no new waste can get into it. That’s when your drains back up.
Septic tank pumping removes all of the waste, both solid and water, from it. Essentially, it resets your septic system. This also gives us a chance to inspect your tank for damage, including broken pipes and cracks in the tank itself.
Your septic tank may not need to be pumped that often. It all depends on how many people live in your home. If it’s just you and your spouse, you may be able to go five years or more without having the tank pumped. If you have five or six people living in the home, you may need it pumped every year. If you’re not sure when your tank was last pumped, give us a call. We can check it out and let you know when you should have us back to pump it.
What Should You Do If Your Septic System Backs Up or Overflows?
If your system backs up, you need to stop using your toilets, sinks, and other things that drain into the septic tank. Clean up any waste that has come up in the home. It can be hazardous to your health, plus it can seep into the walls and floors of your home. This can lead to mold growth. Once you’ve done this, call us right away. We’ll come out and inspect the tank to discover why it’s backed up.
While it’s easy to tell if your tank has backed up into your home, it’s not as easy to tell if it’s overflowing into the yard or drain field. There are a few things to look for, though. If you notice parts of your yard are damp, or that the soil is muddy even though it hasn’t rained, it’s a good sign that the water from your tank is leaking out somewhere. You might also smell sewage or see water actually standing in your yard. Another sign that something is wrong is when the grass in your drain field is growing more quickly than normal and is a very vibrant color. This can indicate that your drain field has failed.
What Can You Do to Keep Your Septic System Working Well?
The biggest and most important thing you can do to keep your septic system functioning properly is to have it inspected and pumped regularly. If you’ve lived in the house for some years, you should have an idea of how often you need to call us for tank pumping. If you haven’t, give us a call today. We will give your tank a thorough inspection and let you know when you should schedule maintenance.
Other than that, you do want to make sure you don’t damage your septic system. Watch what you put down the drains. Some items, such as paint or certain cleaners, will damage the bacteria that break down the solid waste. Also, be careful of overloading your septic tank. If you have a larger than usual number of people at your home for several days, you may be putting a strain on your system. Consider spreading out your water usage. For example, do a load of laundry every day instead of multiple loads in the same day.
If you believe something is wrong with your septic system or just want to have it inspected to ensure everything is fine, contact us today. We’ll get an expert to your home as quickly as possible.