Your home or business’s septic system is what keeps the building sanitary. Understanding the basics of the septic system can help you take proactive steps to properly care for it, avoiding expensive repairs or costly system replacements.
There are several steps that you can take to ensure the health and sanitation of your septic tank system, but before we get to those steps, we want to cover a few of the basics. At Septic Masters, LLC, we work closely with each client to not only repair and maintain their septic system, but we also strive to educate to prevent future issues.
What is a Septic System?
A septic system is an on-site sewage management system that safely collects, treats, and disposes of household sewage and wastewater. Septic systems are usually the preferred method of safe wastewater disposal in suburban and rural communities, where sewage treatment plants are inaccessible or impractical.
Septic Systems Maintenance
Septic tank maintenance is crucial to the proper functionality of your septic system. The septic tank itself separates solids, grease, and oils out of the wastewater before it enters the drainage receptacles or the drain field.
When the septic tank isn’t properly maintained, it can accumulate too much sludge and scum leading to a reduced effective volume. This can cause the solids, grease, and oils to not be separated effectively, clogging the soil around the drainage receptacle and leading to unsanitary conditions in the leach field surrounding the drainage receptacles.
Septic System Pumping
Having your septic tank pumped on a regular schedule is one of the best ways to ensure it is being properly maintained.
Why is Septic Tank Pumping Important?
Solid matter waste is held in the septic tank and breaks down into sludge over time, and this sludge accumulates at the bottom of the septic tank. Desludging – pumping – is the only way to avoid costly repairs and clean ups, and desludging must be done by a licensed liquid waste contractor.
If it is not pumped out by a licensed contractor and removed from the tank, the sludge accumulation could back up into pipes causing them to clog or break, and can even back up further into your home causing damage to your property.
How Often Should I Have My Septic Tank Pumped?
On average, a septic tank should be pumped at least every three years. However, it is better to base a septic tank pumping schedule on the number of people in your household.
|Number of People in Your Household||Recommended Schedule for Having a Septic Tank Pumped|
|1-2 People||At Least, Every 5-7 Years|
|3-4 People||At Least, Every 3-5 Years|
|More than 4 People||At Least Every 3 Years, Possibly More Often. A Duel Septic System with Alternating Drainage Fields, Switched Annually is Usually Recommended.|
**Recommendation is based on a typical 1,000-gallon residential tank.
Certified Septic Tank Pumping Professionals
We cannot overstate the importance of having your home’s septic tank pumped by a professional, licensed contractor. At Septic Masters, LLC, you can rely on our professional technicians to always be prepared to service your septic tank and provide the highest quality desludging to ensure proper functionality with no interruptions.
Septic Systems Services
Aside from proper maintenance and desludging, there are still many things that could go wrong with your home’s septic system. When you think something isn’t working properly with your septic system, turn to our experts at Septic Masters, LLC.
We show up to every septic service call with the right equipment to get the job done professionally and efficiently. We’ll inspect the septic system to determine causation and quickly work to repair
Even with proper maintenance, there is still a long list of things that can go wrong with a septic system causing it to malfunction.
Turn to the septic tank and septic system experts at Septic Masters, LLC for all your septic system repair and replacement needs. Our highly-trained team of skilled technicians will inspect your septic system and resolve your septic problems in a timely and professional manner.
What are Some of the Common Causes of Septic System Problems?
Common causes of septic system problems include:
- Holes or cracks in pipes
- Blockages in the sewage water disposal lines
- Drainage system overload due to heavy rain or flooding
- Defects from age and normal wear and tear
Septic System Services: Inspections
Septic systems should be inspected regularly by a licensed septic tank professional to ensure they are working properly.
How Often Should I Have My Septic System Inspected?
Typically, licensed professionals recommend that your septic system be inspected every one to two years.
On average, you’ll want to remember these key points about septic tank inspections:
- The average residential property should schedule a full system inspection for the same time you have your septic tank pumped. (See chart above for recommended residential pumping frequency.)
- Residential properties with more advanced alternating system features, such as electrical float switches, pumps or mechanical components, should schedule inspections more often, generally one per year. A service contract is also usually recommended for systems with these types of mechanized parts.
- Commercial property owners should defer to the recommendations of the governing authority in your area. In Georgia, this would be the Georgia Department of Health.
Septic Tank Services: Repairs
In most cases, when a septic system fails, our certified technicians will inspect the system and quickly pinpoint the problem. Some septic tank repairs are as simple as removing a clog from a line, while other solutions may require a bit more work. These may include making repairs to a leaking septic tank, or repairing broken or damaged septic lines.
Septic Tank Services: Replacements
Unfortunately, some septic tanks and septic systems can reach a point beyond repair. When this happens, our experienced system installation team guides you through every step of the process. We work with you to ensure your new septic system has all the requirements to meet the needs of your property.
Our team helps you manage the installation process from start to finish including obtaining digging permits required by government entities, estimates from the insurance company, and many other steps. Septic Masters, LLC is here to make your septic system installation as simple and efficient as possible to get your life back to normal.
Call Today to Schedule Your Septic Service Appointment
Let the septic service experts at Septic Masters, LLC get and keep your septic tank and septic system working properly. We work hard to ensure your septic system is working hard for you. Call today: (678) 646-7744. We are available 24 hours every day, 7 days every week, 365 days every year.