Septic Tank Experts Answer Your Frequently Asked Questions
1. How Often Should I Clean My Septic Tank?
While most septic tanks need to be cleaned every three to five years, there are many factors that can affect the frequency that you need to clean out your septic tank, including:
- The number of people in your household
- The size of your home
- Whether other people rely on the septic tank, such as frequent guests or visitors to your home-based business
- Frequent use of a garbage disposal
- The amount of laundry you do
- Disposal of non-septic friendly materials in your drains
2. How Will You Clean My Septic Tank?
We thoroughly clean your septic tank by pumping out both sides of the tank. We remove all sludge and scum from the tank. We also check for any possible issues or potential problems, such as root intrusion. We can advise you of the problem and recommend a cost-effective solution, such as using a copper sulfate solution.
3. How Do I Find the Maintenance Hole Cover?
Septic tank components are typically buried between 4 inches and 4 feet underground. However, they are often hidden and unmarked, so you might experience difficulty in locating it. However, there are a few possible ways to uncover it. You can check with permits for your property to find the location of the septic system. If that doesn't work, you can use a metal probe to try to locate the system. You can also call us for help in locating the cover.
4. I Had My Septic Tank Pumped Out About A Week Ago, and It Is Full Already. Why?
Usually, the septic tank may only appear full after a pumping, but it is not. All septic tanks need some residual water to function. This will usually cause the tank to be filled 8 to 12 inches from the tank's lid, depending on the size and type of septic tank. If the issue is not the residual water, it may be that you have a clog somewhere between your property and the septic tank.
5. The Alarm on My Lift Station Just Went Off. It Must Be Time to Clean My Tanks. How Soon Can You Come Out?
Someone will always answer your call during our regular business hours. In most cases, we can set up next-day pumping when necessary. We offer next-day septic service for Anza, Canyon Lake, Hemet, Menifee, Moreno Valley, Murrieta, Temecula, and surrounding cities. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.
6. What Are Ways to Keep A Septic System Healthy Throughout the Year?
There are several things that you can do throughout the year to help maintain a healthy septic tank. One is to be careful about what you send down the train. Minimize what you put down the garbage disposal to prevent the buildup of solids in your tank. Also, avoid pouring grease down the drain, which can cause clogs. Only flush waste and toilet paper in your toilets. Regular inspections and maintenance can also help keep your tank healthy.
7. How Can I Keep Roots from Nearby Trees Out of My Septic Tank?
Roots from nearby trees can cause significant problems with your septic system, so you will want to be proactive about keeping them out of your tank. You can use a chemical solution that helps prevent roots from growing in your plumbing system that you pour down a drain. Alternatively, you can use a chemical solution that slows root growth. This may require you to dig several small holes near the offending tree and the septic tank and then administer the answer in these holes. You can also use a root barrier that prevents roots from crossing the line near your septic tank.
8. Are My Garbage Disposal Unit and/or My Dishwasher Bad for My Septic Tank?
Your garbage disposal and dishwasher might not be harmful to your tank. It depends on several factors, including the appliance's age, its efficiency, and how you use it. However, some dishwasher detergents can lead to buildup, so try to find an eco-friendly detergent, if possible. Also, try to keep solids out of the garbage disposal to prevent potential issues. It is also good practice not to use all water-related appliances at the same time to avoid overwhelming your septic system. Not all septic systems were built to handle greater demand, so call a professional if you suspect a problem with yours.
9. What Are Some Things That Can Cause My Septic System to Fail?
Septic system failure is often caused by low maintenance or foreign objects in the drain. Some familiar sources of septic system failure include:
- Driving and parking over the septic system
- Tree roots that clog pipes
- Flushing foreign objects down the drain, such as toys, diapers, paper products, cat litter, coffee grounds, or cigarettes
- Disposal of kitchen grease down the drain
- Hydraulic overloading
- Waste overloading
10. What Are the Signs of Septic System Failure?
Some signs that your septic system is failing include:
- Toilets sinks, or drains backing up
- Slow draining
- Standing water near the septic tank
- Odors emerging from the septic tank
- Spongy or bright green grass near the septic tank
- Gurgling sounds in your plumbing system
11. How Can I Maintain My Septic System?
There are several things you can do to maintain your septic system, including:
- Having an annual inspection of your system
- Pumping your septic system
- Making prompt repairs
- Using water efficiently
- Avoiding parking or driving over the septic tank or drain field
- Avoiding putting foreign objects down your drains
- Keeping tree roots away from your plumbing system
12. What Are the Dangers of Neglecting Septic Tank Maintenance?
Neglecting your septic tank's maintenance can cause backups and the need to pay for costly repairs. It can also decrease the lifetime of your system. Additionally, a failed septic system can be dangerous to the health of humans and animals. Contact Lanik Septic Service for your next pumping or septic tank service.
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