Septic Tank Frequently Asked Questions

Get answers to frequently asked questions about septic tanks from the septic problem-solvers at Septic Masters, LLC.

Frequently Asked Questions: Septic Systems and Services

A: 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.

A: 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
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 Dual Septic System
With Alternating Drainage Fields, Switched Annually Is Usually Recommended.

The recommendation is based on a typical 1,000-gallon residential tank.

A: Regular septic tank inspections allow us to identify problems before they occur. Our service technicians look for common causes of septic and sewer problems including blockages, structural defects, and root infiltration. Getting ahead of these problems can save you time and money.

A: Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for a septic system to fail. These failures often start out as small problems, that unless addressed, will quickly avalanche into a much larger, and more expensive problem to fix. Look for these warning signs of septic tank failure, and call Septic Masters, LLC right away to fix your failing septic tank before the damage and expenses start adding up.

  • Slow to empty drains
  • Sewage backing up into the house
  • Pools of surface water or constantly wet, muddy soil in the area around your septic system
  • The surfacing of household waste, professionally referred to as septic tank effluent drainage (STED)
  • The smell of sewage odor outside of the house (even if drain field is not saturated or pipes are visibly backed up)

A: Failure to properly maintain the septic tank and system. It is important to follow maintenance guidelines for pumping your septic tank and having your system inspected.

A: You cannot make, or allow repairs to be made to your septic system without obtaining the proper health department permit. Septic technicians must also have the valid credentials required to work with sewage and septic systems. Our Septic Masters, LLC employs licensed technicians that will ensure all the paperwork is filed properly to keep you in line with the law.

Septic Masters, LLC offers a full array of septic services including installation, repair, maintenance, pumping and cleaning. Our experienced and well-prepared technicians are always available to help. Whatever your needs are Septic Masters, LLC has you covered.

Visit our services page for a full list of Septic Master, LLC service offerings.

A: NO! These products will not help your septic system perform better. Some may even hurt your septic system in the long run.

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