FAQs

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How often should I have my septic tank pumped out?

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The intervals vary from home to home. A septic tank should be opened and inspected every two to three years by your septic tank contractor. He will determine whether or not it needs pumping by viewing the condition in the tank.

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Is it alright to flush sanitary napkins down a toilet serviced by a septic tank?

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No. These napkins are made of cellulose, a non-biodegradable product (the bacteria in the tank cannot work on this type of material). As a matter of fact, the less paper of any kind flushed down the toilet the better.

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Is it ok to have a garbage disposal in a kitchen that is connected to a septic tank?

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Yes. But extreme care should be exercised not to allow grease or non-biodegradable products such as fruit or vegetable peelings to get into the disposal system.

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Do I need to add bacteria to my septic tank after a pumpout?

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No. The human waste from your body will provide all the bacteria necessary.

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Should I put a cake of yeast in my septic tank?

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No. As long as human waste continues to be flushed and drained into the septic tank, nothing else needs to be added. Yeast is of no value.

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Can I plant trees or shrubbery over my septic tank or drainfield?

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Try not to do this. If the tree or bush has a strong root system, it can choke your drainfield.

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Can a clogged drainfield be repaired by cleaning or the infusion of enzymes?

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Most drainfield failures will need replacement. The only way to evaluate the cause of the problem is an onsite inspection by a registered septic tank contractor. While some advertisers claim enzymes and chemical treatment will revitalize a drainfield, there is no conclusive data to support their long term effectiveness. However, please check with us for your septic requirements.