What’s Involved in Regular Septic System Maintenance

Septic systems can cost upwards of $5,000 to replace, so it’s essential to care for your system properly to give it a long healthy life, and potentially save yourself thousands of dollars. Regular septic system doesn’t have to be complicated, or expensive, as long as you do your research and know when to call a reputable septic system company. Here is what’s involved in regular septic system maintenance.

 

Regular Pumping

The most crucial responsibility of septic tank ownership is regular pumping. The frequency of pumping will depend on the size and type of your tank and the size of your household, not necessarily the size of your home, but the number of bathrooms and the number of people living with you. A professional septic system company like Affordable Pumping Services will be able to evaluate your system and get you on the most efficient pumping schedule for your home. Without regular pumping, you’re at risk of damage, toxic backups, and leaks in your system.

 

Regular Inspections

Your septic system should be inspected at least 1-2 years, possibly more frequently in larger households. If you are purchasing a property with an already existing septic system, have it inspected before you move in. Regular inspections can help prevent small problems from becoming disastrous, expensive issues and repairs.

 

Be Aware of Water Usage

Every drop of water you use in your home ends up in your septic system, so you need to be sure you’re using it efficiently. This means installing energy-efficient toilets and showerheads and being mindful of how much water your family is using, and how often. Spreading out water usage is an easy way to take pressure off your septic system, so try not to cram all water-using chores into one day, like several loads of laundry and running the dishwasher.

 

For all your septic system needs, be sure to consult the pros at Affordable Pumping Services. They will be able to get you on a regular pumping schedule as well as help you with any other septic system questions.

Why Some States Have More Septic Systems Than Others

More than one in five households use septic systems. But the number of home septic systems vary from state to state. Why is that? Let’s take a closer look at why some states have more septic systems than others.

 

Topography

Vermont takes the top spot for states with the most septic systems with a whopping 55% of households using them. This is probably partly due to its rich, absorbing soil which makes a perfect foundation for functioning septic systems. The main reason for so many septic systems is the space between houses and the amount of land on each property. The beautiful topography of the New England landscape makes it difficult and expensive to install many community water treatment centers, so most homeowners are on their own as far as waste treatment goes.

 

Population Density

The more populated an area is, the less likely you will see many septic systems. It makes more sense financially and functionally to have city-wide water facilities to service the community. States like California only see about 10% of its homeowners have septic systems due to the composition of most of its residential areas. Suburban areas of California are densely populated and rely on city water treatment for their waste removal.

 

Soil Quality

Some parts of the country don’t have the right kind of soil to support septic systems. The integrity of a septic system is built around the ability of the surrounding land to absorb the bacteria in the waste in the septic system and “treat” it while releasing it back into the soil. If this isn’t possible then a septic system isn’t the right choice for that property.

 

Do you own a septic system? Affordable Pumping Services has you covered. Contact us today for all your septic system needs.

Three Disasters Caused by Poorly Maintained Septic Systems

Septic systems work great when properly maintained. But a neglected septic system can lead to disasters that are not only inconvenient but potentially dangerous. Here are three disasters caused by poorly maintained septic systems and how to avoid them.

 

Toilet Backups

Toilet backups are the most common problem caused by an improperly cared for septic system. A backed-up bathroom causes toxic sewage from your septic tank to flow into your bathroom, getting on the floors, walls, and anything near the bathroom area. This is not only disgusting, but it’s also dangerous for your family. If you experience a sewage backup in your bathroom, DO NOT try to clean it yourself! A properly trained sewage cleanup crew will have to dispose of anything contaminated with sewage properly. To avoid toilet backups, only flush toilet paper and have your septic tank pumped regularly.

 

Septic Tank Backup in Your Lawn

A septic tank that isn’t pumped regularly or adequately maintained can leak. When sewage leaks from your tank, it can overflow into the drain field located in your lawn. This is not only inconvenient and unsanitary, but it can also extremely expensive to clean up and fix. To avoid septic backups in your yard, have your tank inspected once a year, pump it regularly, and call Affordable Pumping at the first sign of any issues.

 

Accidents

Part of maintaining your septic tank system is properly maintaining the lid and area surrounding the lid and opening. An improperly secured septic tank lid can be extremely dangerous for people and animals that may fall in or injure themselves while walking by. Be sure your lid is adequately secured and sealed and that the area surrounding it is clear of debris. Never park a vehicle on or near your septic tank, this could displace the lid.

 

For a properly maintained septic tank system, call Affordable Pumping Services to get on a regular pumping schedule.

Holding Tanks vs Septic Systems

If you’re new to septic tank systems or are just curious to learn more, you have probably heard about holding tanks as well. So what are they and what is the difference? Let’s take a closer look at holding tanks and septic systems so you can determine which might be best for your home.

 

What is a Holding Tank?

A holding tank does just what its name suggests. It holds wastewater from your home. Because it is only a holding tank and doesn’t have a system set up to deal with the waste once it hits the tank, it needs to be emptied once it has reached its capacity. The frequency of pumping will vary, but the average holding tank that gets regular use will need to be pumped monthly. Smaller holding tanks that get frequent use may need to be emptied weekly. While they are sometimes used in homes, holding tanks are better suitable for tiny houses or trailers or recreational vehicles like RVs or boats. Holding tanks are not designed for large households or long-term use. That’s where septic tank systems come in.

 

What is a Septic Tank System?

Like a holding tank, a septic tank is designed to hold wastewater from your home. But unlike a holding tank, a septic tank system is designed to treat the wastewater and allow it to seep into the surrounding ground called the drain field, to make room for more waste. Although a septic tank will need to be pumped about once a year, it is designed for long-term use. A properly maintained septic tank can last up to 40 years. With proper maintenance, including inspections, pumping, and repairs as soon as a problem arises, septic systems are the perfect choice for homeowners looking for an alternative to city sewage.

 

Own a septic tank system? Call Affordable Pumping Services today to get on a regular pumping schedule.

The Dangers of a Faulty Septic System Lid

The purpose of the lid of your septic tank is not just to mark its location and keep sewage contained, it’s also for the safety of your family and surrounding wildlife. A faulty septic tank lid is not only dangerous, but it could also be a liability. Let’s look at some of the dangers of a faulty septic tank lid and how to prevent accidents from happening.

 

Unknown Locations

One of the biggest reasons why accidents happen involving septic tank lids is because they’re in unknown locations or covered by brush or grass. This makes it easy for small children or animals to accidentally fall in, or injure themselves by partially falling in. Always know the location of your septic tank lid. If you’re purchasing a property with a septic system, have a reputable septic tank company come out and inspect the entire system as well as the lid. Keep the lawn mowed in that area and mark off the area of the lid if necessary.

 

Faulty Lids

If you notice your septic tank lid fits improperly or looks damaged, contact experts right away. Temporarily block off that area and let all family members know to stay away. Keep pets fenced in away from the septic tank area until the lid is repaired or replaced and adequately sealed.

 

What to Do in An Emergency

Not only does someone risk hurting themselves from the impact of the fall, but falling into a septic tank exposes you to toxic fumes and gases. If a person or animal falls in your tank, call 911 immediately. Even if they can be lifted out, don’t do it yourself. Special equipment will be needed, so you don’t endanger yourself as well. Stay calm and call 911.

 

To ensure your septic tank system is safe and secure, call the experts at Affordable Pumping Services.

How Poorly Maintained Septic Systems Affect Bodies of Water

It’s not only essential to maintain your septic system for the health and safety of your home and family, but also for the surrounding environment, especially nearby water sources. If you own a septic tank system on your property, it’s your responsibility to maintain it properly to protect those around you. Here’s how poorly maintained septic systems can affect surrounding water systems.

 

Drinking Water

A poorly maintained septic system can start to leach toxic chemicals into the nearby ground soil. It then can leak into neighboring wells and water system, potentially contaminating local drinking water. This can be disastrous for the health of the people in your community. Always have your septic system inspected once a year by a reputable company so you can spot potential leaks before they become dangerous.

 

Surface Water

When you have a septic tank, the wastewater from your home is treated through your system and filters into the surrounding soil. When your septic system isn’t functioning properly, the wastewater can contaminate nearby bodies of water like local streams, lakes, or rivers. Toxic septic chemicals could be detrimental to wildlife that depend on these waterbodies for survival.

 

Homeowners Near Lakes and Rivers Should Take Extra Precautions

If you live close to a river or lake, your septic system maintenance should be a top priority. Talk to your septic tank company about ways that you can protect your system from leaks, as well as possible upgrades for peace of mind. Septic tank technology is continuously evolving, so it may be time to upgrade your entire system to adequately protect your environment. An average septic tank can last up to 40 years, but if you’ve purchased an older home, it’s especially important to have your septic tank checked right away.

 

For all your septic tank system needs, including maintenance and pumping, contact Affordable Pumping Services today.

Tips to Spot These Common Septic Issues Before They Become Major

Tips to Spot These Common Septic Issues Before They Become Major

Septic tank issues can be costly and incredibly inconvenient. But if you know what to watch for, you can get them fixed before they lead to disasters. Here are some tips to spot common septic issues before they become significant problems.

 

Watch the Landscape Surrounding Your Tank

One of the easiest ways to spot potential septic system problems is to watch the landscape surrounding your tank consistently. If you notice the foliage around the tank or drain field begin to grow faster and bigger, it may be a sign of a leak in your tank. Wastewater leaks act as fertilizer for surrounding grass and plants and cause them to flourish quickly. An overgrown area of your yard is a telltale sign of a septic leak.

 

Look for Puddles and Swampy Areas

If the ground around your septic tank seems flooded in certain areas, this could indicate a leak in your tank. Contact a septic tank company at the first sign of any excess moisture on the land around your tank.

 

Pay Attention to Water Drainage

Slow drainage in your sinks and tubs is a sign of trouble in your septic system. Slow draining could indicate corrosion in your tank, a leak, or even a more severe problem. Call a professional at the first sign of slow draining in your home.

 

Keep an Eye on Your Property

By monitoring the plant growth and moisture content surrounding your septic tank and calling a professional at the first sign of drainage problems, you can catch issues with your septic system before they become major problems. Regular pumping is also a crucial step to take to keep your septic system healthy and working efficiently. Call Affordable Pumping Services today to get on a regular pumping schedule.

Can You Relocate a Septic System

There are many reasons you may want to relocate your septic system. Maybe you’re planning an expansion on your home or would like to landscape your yard and plant trees. Whatever the reason may be, relocating your septic system is a very involved process. It is possible to relocate your septic tank system, but it’s essential to do it correctly. Here are some things to keep in mind.

 

Your Septic System Has Many Components

Moving your septic tank system does not just involve moving the tank. There is also the pipe that runs from your home to the tank, the drain field, and the soil around the tank that removes microbes from the wastewater. Therefore, it’s crucial to contact a company that specializes in relocating septic tank systems. If the whole procedure is not handled correctly, it can result in costly repairs and problems.

 

Uncovering and Removing the Tank

Before your tank can be removed from the ground, the manhole covers must be detached. The soil over your tank must be removed using an excavator. Once the work moves closer to the tank, workers will use standard shovels to protect the tank from any damage. This is a very labor-intensive process which could make your overall cost very high. Keep this in mind when planning your tank relocation. Once the manhole covers are detached, and the pipes are removed as well, the tank is ready to be removed using a bar and cable system. The tank must be moved very slowly to prevent damage to the tank. It will then be stored in a flatbed truck until the new hole has been dug for its relocation.

 

Relocation Vs. Replacement

Older tanks can be challenging to move and can even fall apart during the removal process, so many homeowners opt to replace them. Before relocating your tank, have a reputable company assess its condition. Planning ahead will cut down on unexpected costs and problems.

 

For all your septic tank system needs and to get on a regular pumping schedule, contact Affordable Pumping Services today!

The History of Septic Systems

Septic tank systems are not exactly a modern invention. In fact, septic systems have been around for over 150 years. Let’s take a look at the history of septic systems.

The French Connection

The first septic tank system was invented in France by a man named John Mouras in 1860. The first prototype featured a concrete tank and clay piping which brought wastewater from Mouras’ home into the tank located in the yard.  When the system showed signs of working, he checked it yearly and was surprised to find that it contained barely any solid particles. After ten years, he felt confident to bring his invention to the United States.

Regulations Began

Once the septic process gained popularity in the US, it quickly became known that without proper handling, septic tanks could cause damage to the surrounding environment, and even be potentially toxic to the people living in the home. Regulations began almost immediately. These regulations have been updated over the years as more research and information has become available. Presently septic tank systems are completely safe for people, animals, and the surrounding environment when proper precautions are in place.

Septic Tank Systems Today

Most septic systems today are made of plastic, fiberglass or concrete and feature components like risers, filters, and alarms, all designed to make septic systems a safe alternative to using your city’s sewage system. Statewide regulations across the country make it almost impossible to purchase a property with an unsafe septic system. The best way to make sure your septic system continues to work efficiently and safely is to have it pumped regularly by a reputable pumping company.

Have questions about your septic tank? Call the experts at Affordable Pumping Services. We can get you on a regular pumping schedule today!

Septic Maintenance Tips for Warmer Months

The last thing you want to worry about in the summer is a septic problem. The warmer weather means you should be enjoying the sunshine, outdoor barbecues, and poolside fun, NOT dealing with septic emergencies. To make sure you have a drama-free summer, here are some septic maintenance tips for warmer months.

 

Remind Your Summer Guests Not to Flush Anything but Waste and Toilet Paper

 

Warmer weather sometimes means more frequent visitors in and out of your home. Be sure to remind your kids, their friends and anyone else that may be spending time in your home that you have a septic tank system, so it’s essential NEVER to flush anything but waste and toilet paper. This means no tampons, baby wipes, tissues, or anything other than plain toilet paper. If you plan on having a party, it might be a good idea to have a little bathroom sign reminding your guests.

 

Don’t Park Cars Near the Septic Tank

Summer parties can require extra parking on your property. Make sure you know where your tank and draining field are located and never park anywhere near it. The only piece of equipment or vehicle that should ever be on the land above your septic tank is a lawnmower.

 

Have Your Tank Pumped

Regular pumping is always important, but it becomes especially important when you may be having more frequent guests or parties. A good rule of thumb is to have your septic tank pumped at the beginning of the summer, or the week before a party.

 

Be Mindful of Your Landscaping

The best plants for a drain field is grass. Although it may be tempting to add new shrubs or trees in the warmer planting season, keep in mind that anything with roots could be potentially harmful to your septic system. Keep it simple with different varieties of grass.

 

Ready for Summer? Make sure your septic tank is too. Call Affordable Pumping Services for all your septic tank needs and to get on a regular pumping schedule.