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What to Expect for Septic Maintenance

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Many homeowners have on-lot septic system instead of a standard public sewer system in Pike County area, including Dingmans Ferry, Pennsylvania and Buskill, Pennsylvania. You can find homes or properties with septic systems in many different parts of the United States: in the mountains, by the shore, in the country and other locations. In this part of Pennsylvania, the Septic Systems are typically turkey mounds (also referred to as elevated sand mounds). How you utilize your system and how well you keep up on maintenance will help to determine the life of your septic system.

Maintenance is the backbone of a septic system and tank: without it, you can damage your system and reduce its lifespan by years. Ultimately the costs of replacing a whole system far outweigh the costs of yearly or bi-yearly maintenance, and can increase the life and reliability of your system. A septic tank is almost like a living organism; in fact, the bacteria within it is utilized to break down waste products. So if you are willing and able to take care of it, you will be able to prolong its life and in prime working condition.

So what exactly should one expect when first dealing with a septic tank? For those who are completely unfamiliar with septic tanks and septic systems, it is a system that breaks down solid wastes and directs treated liquids. You have pipes that exit your home like any other home: pipes running from the shower drain, the toilet and the sinks. The waste water and solid wastes enters into a septic tank, which usually is designed to hold around 1,000 gallons or more.

Within a healthy tank, there are 3 layers:

  • The top layer is bio mat which breaks down the solids
  • A middle layer of “clear water” that leaves the tank
  • A sludge layer at the bottom which is generally solid wastes generated by the bio mat

New water enters the tank and pushes our or displaces the older water, which then flows out of the tank into the drain field. Within the drain field, the water is slowly absorbed, but that also may depend on how much clay is contained within the dirt. The bio mat is where all the action happens. This top layer is a living organism, that is why it is so important to not use harsh chemicals.

So ultimately, when we talk about maintenance, we need to check out several areas:

  • Checking sludge levels to ensure they are not getting too high within the tank
  • Looking for liquid waste that may be appearing on the surface of the ground
  • Ensuring that baffles are intact and functioning properly
  • Inspecting the tank lid for cracks
  • Pumping your septic tank, which is recommended every 2 to 5 years depending on your usage
  • Learning about what you can and cannot flush down the toilet, which can include disposable wipes, certain types of cleaning solutions and much more.

Having your septic tank and system inspected yearly is highly recommended, and may even require inspections twice a year if you have a larger family and see a lot of use through your system.   Maintaining good awareness of the do’s and do not’s as taught to you by your local septic service company can really help you in the long run and provide you with a level of comfort knowing that your system will continually run smoothly as long as you take the time to invest in it.

 

 

 

Homeowners Guide to Septic Tanks

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As a homeowner, one of the most important aspects is to make sure that you keep up with the maintenance in your home.  If you rented property or apartments your whole life, and this is your first time owning a house, then you might be in for a bit of a surprise. All the small details were likely managed by your landlord previously, such as taking care of your lawn, fixing any issues with your plumbing, minor annoyances such as squeaky doors or chipping paint, and so on.  So to become a homeowner means to be prepared for nearly any situation that may arise.

This is even more important when your home relies on a septic tank system for water usage and waste, such as the shower, the toilet and your sinks. A septic system requires that you know how to effectively unclog a drain, diagnose septic problems and understand the overall care for this type of system. Even if you cannot perform most of this maintenance on your own, it would be a great idea to learn how exactly the system works, what types of problems to diagnose and to know when to let a professional septic tank company deal with problems with your septic tank.

To start with, let’s try and understand how exactly the septic system works: when you have waste water or waste that flows out from your house, it goes through pipes and flows into the septic tank. There are two baffles within the tank that deflects waste downward. The inlet baffle deflects waste downward insuring that it does not go directly across the tank. The outlet baffles also performs a couple of objectives. This keeps anything floating, such as the biomat, from going out directly into the field or pump tank, and it allows only “clean water” to leave the septic tank. Also there should be a gas deflector at bottom of the outlet baffle to deflect gas particles containing sludge. The remaining liquid waste exits the end of the tank, where it is usually flowing out into the leach field. This is generally the traditional process for waste product flowing throughout your septic tank.

The septic tank itself is built with the ability to access it, usually from above. This allows the homeowner or septic tank professional be able to inspect the inside of the tank, and perform routine maintenance. This type of maintenance is critical to ensuring that your septic tank is functioning properly. If there are any issues such as sludge building up in the tank, or a loose pipe somewhere, you could end up running into issue such as having foul smells within your home, inability to flush your toilet and having backups into parts of your home.

A tank should be pumped when sludge buildup measure 1/3 or more of the liquid depth, and/or if the sludge level is higher than the gas deflector. Either of these will lead to a problem and it would be a good time to get a septic cleaning. Septic tank systems should be tested once every two years. It is recommended to test more often too, especially if you live in a household with a large amount of people that requires the use of resources on a greater scale, which in turn puts more strain on the septic tank system.

Some common ways to take the best possible care of your system is to:

  • Make sure that you pump your tank frequently, usually bi-annually or annually. Again, it depends on how much you use your system.
  • Make sure that you use only safe chemicals that are suitable for septic systems. Certain household chemicals that travel through your pipes can often be detrimental to the bacteria within your septic tank system.
  • Avoid flushing items such as disposable wipes down your toilet, as they will most likely build up and clog your pipes and system.
  • Try to be economical when it comes to using your water system – don’t shower multiple times a day and try to conserve your usage as much as possible to avoid overstressing the septic tank.
  • Keep an eye on things for anything unusual. Also make sure to check your leach fields for areas of grass that are robust or growing faster than anywhere else on the mound. Make sure that the water isn’t standing there or squishy, and that it is generally in good shape.

Homeowners shouldn’t truly be expected to know all the ins and outs of how to diagnose and fix septic tank problems, which is why it’s super important to have access to a reliable and trustworthy septic repair company that knows what it’s doing.

Septic Medic has the years of expertise when it comes to serving septic tank issues and problems within Pike County; we are the number one resource for emergency issues that can arise, so contact us for everything from routine maintenance to emergency issues such as having a pipe break or the system backing up.  Septic systems are extremely durable when you take good care of them, and can last well for years and years; with the right amount of attention, and with our help, you will be in the best hands possible.

 

How to Diagnose a Clogged Septic System

DrainMillions of Americans rely on septic tanks each and every year in order to help eliminate harmful biohazard products and wastewater that flow from the usage in their homes.  While these systems are genuinely trouble-free as long as they are taken care of in a responsible manner, there may be times when an individual may experience a clog within their septic system.  What should you do in order to unclog a drain or septic system? Not many individuals are familiar with how to troubleshoot a septic system, especially when they are unsure where the clog is taking place. Let’s take a look at a few common ways to address this particular issue.

One of the first steps to take is to determine if you actually have any damage to your system as a whole. A professional septic tank repairman can scope out the tank with a special camera in order to determine if there is any issues. While more often than not, the issue will be due to waste or material that has accumulated over time, it is a good idea to be able to check out the system as a whole first.

Another step to take is to ascertain that there has been no draining or dumping of harmful chemicals or products that could have either clogged or disabled the functions of a septic system. In many instances individuals with a septic tank installed will often not realize or not remember that they cannot treat their system the same way you would as with a public sewer system. Items such as “flushable wipes” more often than not are not meant to work with septic tank systems, and have difficulty breaking down in addition to potentially clogging up pipes or the tank itself. Over a period of time, they could build up until there is a large mass of nearly-intact wipes that have never dissolved.

Using certain chemicals to clean your drain pipes in your toilet or sink and shower can also become problematic unless you have checked that they are safe for use with septic systems. The more serious chemicals can actually break down the good bacteria in your septic tank, leading to further issues and problems down the line.

So once these issues are accounted for, you can move on to the next step, which is to check the plumbing within the building or home. This would mean checking the various fixtures throughout the home, on the ground floor and any upper floors. There could be an issue somewhere else that is wreaking havoc and ultimately creating this issue.

Checking outside the home can be another helpful way to determine the root of the problem. For instance, check outside for any trees with large roots that could be pushing or creating pressure on underground pipes. In addition, check the leach field to see if there is standing water that is unable to drain. This could be an issue at the last end of the septic system process, and it is an important one.  Septic problems can come in all shapes and sizes, which is why it is doubly important to invest in the services of a professional who knows how to deal with problems with septic tanks.

If you’re unable to decipher the source if your clogged drain, contact your septic tank repairman today!

 

Keep Your Septic Tank Healthy with Regular Maintenance!

Utilizing a septic system for your day-to-day activities is something that hundreds of thousands of home and property owners face on a regular basis. Septic systems offer a great and reasonable method for those who are unable to connect to a public sewer system, or for those who are too far removed from public utilities for it to be considered reasonable. 

That being said, a septic system still requires consistent maintenance to keep it working in top condition. There are some differences that set it apart from traditional public sewer systems, which can mean a bit of a learning curve if one is purchasing a home that relies on a septic tank. Everyone should learn what maintenance is required to keep your tank healthy and trouble free, as this will help you avoid any serious issues down the road!

For instance, consider what happens when you don’t change your oil at the recommended mileage for your personal vehicle; failing to perform routine maintenance can often cause further issues down the line, and this ultimately means spending more money.  The same concept should be applied to your septic tank system: a healthy and happy septic tank likely means years free of serious issues!

Scheduling regular cleaning and staying up to date on maintenance of the system also means you will help do your part for the environment.  At times, septic system backups can mean human waste products spreading into the immediate region, and sometimes even spreading into local water sources. Ultimately, not taking care of your system can lead to a mess!

Here are some steps you can take to make sure that your system is working at full capacity year-round:

Get an Annual Inspection

A local septic cleaning company can perform all the necessary due-diligence that goes into a running a tank to a home.  This includes measuring the layers of scum and sludge that has built up, as well as checking how absorbent the drain field is.

Only Flush Certain Items

Septic System Problems and How to Prepare for Them

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When it comes to utilizing a septic system on your home or property, it never is a bad idea to learn about how the system

works, what to expect and especially understand what issues may come up during its use over time. Septic system issues can be easier to diagnose at times, but more often than not there can be multiple septic repair issues that you will not be able to personally fix. However, if you are able to learn about how the system functions as a whole, and are able to at least keep an eye out for issues, it will help get your septic tank problems fixed much faster.

Here are the majority of issues that could end up creating problems with any system:

– Lack of overall maintenance can cause a buildup of sludge, leading to a reduction in the overall efficiency of how the system will function.

– Septic tanks can settle in the ground, which can lead to a strain on connecting pipes to the home, and at the very worse, break completely.

– Not changing the filters can lead to a clogging of the system, which in turn can back everything up.

– The drainage field can experience multiple issues, ranging from compaction of the soil, from sludge buildup within the field due to lack of pumping the tank, which can cause bad odors to emanate from the area.

– Inattention to the disposal of certain chemicals can cause serious issues to the entire septic system. It is important to note what can and cannot go down the sink, tub or toilet.

– The roots of various biomaterial can grow within pipelines, causing drainage issues and clogging of important elements.

– Lack of septic tank pumping can cause solid material to build up within the tank, causing blockages to occur.

These are some of the main issues that one may have to deal with when running a septic system with their home.  In general, septic lines are not too much of an issue as long as one is able to engage in regular upkeep and maintenance. Since the majority of these tasks require experienced individuals who have a strong working knowledge of how they function, and often times specific heavy machinery to deal with septic tank issues, it makes the most sense to find a septic repair company.

Septic Medic has years of experience in this industry, as well as the ability to come right out for any particular septic system emergency. Contact us today at 570-828-7444 to discuss any particular issues with your system, or to deal with an emergency response situation.

Getting Your Septic System Cared for By the Professionals

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIf you have a septic system in your home, you cannot trust just anyone to handle pumping the system out when it needs it periodically and you especially cannot hire just any company to handle repairs if there is some type of problem with the septic system.  You need to take care of the septic system and make sure it is pumped out and repaired properly when it needs it because a septic system is a big investment. There are also significant health risks if the system is not cared for properly, as you could find sewage and waste in your yard when a serious problem develops that is not corrected.

With Septic Medic, you can count on us to take care of your septic system and keep it in good working order. We’re professionals within the septic system business who have the experience and skills necessary to do the job right. Call Septic Medic today to learn more.

Have Your Septic System Pumped Out Before There are Problems

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When it comes to home maintenance, sometimes homeowners let things slide because of time or money concerns. While there are some repairs and jobs that you can easily defer without doing too much damage or causing a lot of long-term problems to your home, there are also other jobs that cannot wait.  One of the things that you must make sure you are always doing on time and never putting off is getting your septic system pumped out when it needs it.

Septic systems must be pumped out around every three to five years on average, although it may be possible that you will need to get your septic system pumped out sooner if you have a lot of people in your home or if you produce a lot of waste water. When you do need to get your septic system pumped out, you should call in the professionals to take care of the task right away before you have problems. Septic Medic is here to help.

Three Reasons to Have Your Septic System Pumped Regularly

If you have a septic system, you want to have it pumped regularly. There are lots of important reasons why you want to make sure that you have your septic system pumped often including:

  • Avoiding sewage backups. If you don’t have your septic system pumped frequently enough, you could find yourself with sewage backing up out of your toilets, sinks, tubs, or other plumbing. This is not a pleasant experience for anyone.
  • Maintaining your septic system. Septic systems are expensive. A failure to have them pumped frequently enough is a major reason why septic systems fail. You don’t want to end up needing an expensive replacement system just because you didn’t have the system pumped often enough.
  • Identifying problems. Professionals who come to pump out your septic system can let you know if there are any problems that need to be addressed. It is better to find out about septic problems sooner rather than later so you can address the issues in a timely manner.

These are just a few key reasons why it makes sense to have your septic system pumped every three to five years. Call Septic Medic to schedule a clean out of your septic system today.

What are Some Signs of Septic Tank Problems?

Owners of septic systems need to be on the lookout for problems with their system that could affect operations and that could cause a buildup of waste products that could be a threat to safety.

The most obvious problem is that a septic tank pump alarm will go off if you have a mound septic system. If an alarm goes off, you need to call in a professional for help right away to deal with the issues.

You may also notice odd odors that are a major indicator of a problem with a septic tank. If you are smelling sewage inside of a building, or if you smell septic tank gas above the cover of the tank, these are signs you should call in a professional for a diagnosis.

Another emergency situation arises if you notice sewage backing up from toilets or plumbing in your home. This also necessitates an immediate call to a professional for help. Septic Medic is available to diagnose and resolve your problems, so call now.

When Does a Septic Tank Need Pumping?

A septic tank will need to be pumped when there are too many solid waste products and too many byproducts of decomposition in the tank. When waste products go into the septic system, solid and liquid wastes are separated. Bacteria break off of solid waste as well. The septic tank will store non-degradable solid waste until it is possible for the solid waste to be removed. Effluent, or water with small bits of waste, is able to drain from the septic tank into the septic field and will infiltrate the soil.

The non-degradable waste and other heavy materials will sink to the tank’s bottom, and will form a material called sludge. When the sludge accumulates too much and ends up taking up too much of the tank, this is when problems can develop. As a result, this means that your septic tank needs to be pumped when too much sludge has developed.

Many property owners don’t know when there is too much sludge in a septic tank. You should call in a professional to help you determine if your septic tank needs to be pumped and to take care of getting it pumped for you. The Septic Medic team would be happy to help. Contact us.