Q. How long do septic systems last?

There is no set life expectancy forĀ a septic system. It depends on soil conditions and how the system has been maintained.

Q. What is the replacement of reserve area?

The "Repair area" is the area the municipality has determined to be the best area for the replacement of the existing system should it fail. You should not build, construct or excavate in this area.

Q. How do I locate my septic system?

Some of the county Environmental Health departments keep the records of installed septic systems and you can request a copy. If the do not have it you will need to contact a Licensed service company to locate it for you.

Q. How do I know if my system is in good working order?

You can request a septic inspection by a septic service company and this will help to determine the functionality of your system.

Q. What happens when a septic system fails? How can I tell?

Smelly, sewage water comes to the surface of the ground, Your tank backs up and has to be pumped more often, an alarm goes off in pump tank, muddy or wet area in your yard.

Q. How can I prevent a septic failure?

Regular pumping and maintenance can help. Septic system failure may not be able to be prevented.

Q. Can my septic system contaminate my well and nearby streams and water bodies?

Yes if a malfunction occurs that is not corrected in time. Surfacing effluent can make its way into your drinking water and surrounding watersheds.

Q. What shouldn't I flush?

Wipes, paper towels, feminine products. No grease!

Q. Can you tell if the tank needs pumping without digging it up?

No you cannot.

Q. How often should I have the tank pumped?

Septic tanks should be pumped every 3-5 years.

Q. How much will it cost to have it pumped?

Depends on the size of the tank and its location.

Q. Do I have to be home during the service?

It is recommended that you be home during the service of your septic system.