Septic System FAQs
Septic systems aren’t something that people generally know a lot about because they aren’t the most exciting thing in the world, just a household necessity which is often out of sight and out of mind. When you do need to think about your septic system, the same general questions pop up, which we are here to help answer for our clients to keep them informed of their household operations.
Why do I need a septic tank?
A septic tank is used to remove the septic waste from your home, to filter it back into the soil of your yard. To do this you can’t just empty the septic waste directly into you yard without filtering and expect it not to smell. This is why we have septic systems that use natural processes to treat your wastewater and filter it to your yard in a safe, hygienic and hassle free manner. If a septic system is well looked after and functioning correctly, you won’t need to think about it often. If it is unmaintained, it could lead to issues that you do not wish to experience.
Will my septic system smell?
If your septic system is looked after and well maintained you should not have any issues with your septic system smelling. If you do experience a septic smell it is likely a warning sign that some part of your septic system is not operating correctly and will need attention. Do not ignore this warning sign as it may lead to a burst and leave your back yard flooded with untreated septic water and an unpleasant smell. If you keep your system well maintained, a smell is not something that you should experience.
How much does it cost to pump a septic tank?
The cost to pump a tank can vary dependent on the size of the system and stubbornness of the blockages. As the time that it takes to pump a septic tank can vary so drastically dependent on these factors, we have decided that the fairest way to charge for these services is to base it of the length of time it takes our professional service team. We have a minimum rate which includes a smaller amount of time based on the easier tasks, and then past that the service is charged by the hour. It is hard to give an exact figure until we start working on the system and understand the pumping requirements, but are happy to give an estimate over the phone while booking.
How often should a septic tank be pumped?
To make sure your pump is well looked after and operating to its peak performance, we recommend that you have an inspection of your septic tank at least every three years. Pumping for a general household typically occurs once every three to 5 years, but you want to ensure that you are not reactive and waiting for an overflow to occur before having your septic tank pumped.