Knowing the right way to care for your waste system can save you the hassle of expensive repairs, replacement and prevent environmental issues. Here are some of the most common questions we get, don’t hesitate to call us for further information.
What is the difference between a Holding Tank and a Septic Tank?
A Holding tank does not allow for any of its contents to leach away into the ground, whereas a septic tank will allow waste water to run through a leaching field and a bacterial breakdown of some of its contents.
How often will I have to have my Holding Tank pumped?
Short Answer – It Depends! Everything is based on the size of the tank and the amount of water which you use. There is no good timeline to give as it really depends on the residents use of water. Everything (Showers, Toilets, Dishwashers etc) will drain into the Holding tank. If the holding tank becomes full, it can back up into the house. Our experience has been that many holding tanks are pumped about every 6-8 weeks, but again…it all depends.
How do I know if my Holding Tank is full?
Most holding tanks have an alarm which will alert you to the holding tank being full, assuming that they have been kept in good repair. Some holding tanks also use (often improvised by the owner) dip sticks to determine how full the holding tank is, especially when no working alarm is present.
How does a conventional septic system work?
Conventional septic systems are the most common type of septic system. A conventional system includes a septic tank, distribution box, and soil absorption system (SAS). The septic tank separates the solid and liquid wastes and the SAS provides additional treatment before distributing the wastewater to the ground.
Why are failing septic systems harmful?
Inadequately treated wastewater can transfer diseases such as dysentery, hepatitis, and typhoid fever to animals and humans. Failing systems also leak excessive nutrients and bacteria to rivers and lakes, destroying plant and animal habitat, closing beaches, and hurting the fishing industry.
How do I know if my system is having problems?
• Muddy soil or pools of wastewater around your septic tank or soil absorption system.
• Sewage smells around your system or inside your house.
• Backups when you do laundry, take showers, or flush the toilet.
Call your local Board of Health if you notice any of these symptoms.
Do I really save money by maintaining my system?
Yes. Pumping your system costs between $150 and $250, and an inspection could cost $200-$400. Replacing a system could cost up to $40,000.
What are the most important things to do to take care of my system?
Pump your system at least every 3 years (annually if you have a garbage disposal). Conserve water. Don't dump non-biodegradables or trash down your toilet or sink.