Frequently Asked Questions
A: We recommend pumping your septic system out every 2-3 years at a minimum. This does vary based on the number of occupants in the home, the type of water usage patterns within the home, and the current condition of the home’s system, etc. This timeframe also falls within many of the Township and State ordinances for routine on-lot septic system maintenance.
Q: Why am I getting a septic smell outside?
A: There could be several different reasons why you are getting a septic smell outside. An unsealed lid tank lid or a missing/damaged inspection port cap can allow odor to escape from the system. Making sure these items are sealed and undamaged is vital. A septic odor could also mean your septic tanks have a large buildup of waste, and it may be time to get your routine pumping scheduled. You may also notice a sporadic septic odor with the weather changes throughout the year.
A: A lot of people have the misconception that an “overly sterilized” septic system is the way to go. This is incorrect. To work properly, your septic system needs to maintain a healthy level of bacteria to constantly decompose and treat the system.
A: The inlet and outlet baffle of your septic system play a major role in prolonging the life of your entire septic system. Your inlet baffle helps to divert wastewater down towards the bottom of the tank so the solids can separate from the liquids properly and begin the natural breaking down process. The outlet baffle prevents floating solids and waste from exiting the tank and clogging the drainfield. Ignoring needed repairs to a baffle can lead to drainfield failure and additional costly repairs.
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