Clean Septic Pumping, LLC FAQ
Is Your Septic System Working Properly?
Unfortunately, if house fixtures drain well, many people are not concerned about whether their septic system is working properly. They don't realize that untreated sewage can be a health hazard.
What Maintenance Has Been Done?
Before planning a maintenance program, find out what maintenance has already been done. If you are buying an existing home, ask the seller a few important questions such as:
- How old is the system?
- When was the tank last pumped?
- How frequently has it been pumped?
- Have there been signs of possible failure?
- Have there been additions made to the house that would necessitate increasing the size of the system?
If the house has just been built, ask the septic system contractor to provide you an "as built" diagram that may show details not on the permit.
Don't Use to Much Water
- The drainfield does not have unlimited capacity. Typical daily water use is 50 gallons per person.
- The soil drainfield has a maximum design capacity of 120 gallons per bedroom.
- Water conservation will extend the life of your system.
Limit Disposal Sewage
- Don't use your septic tank as a trash can for cigarette butts, sanitary napkins, cooking oil or other items that could clog your system.
- Don't poison your system with harmful chemicals such as solvents, oils, paints, and other harmful substances.
Protect the System from Physical Damage
- Keep the soil over the drainfield covered with vegetation, not trees, to prevent soil erosion.
- Avoid construction or driving over the system and repair area. Don't cover the tank or drainfield with asphalt or concrete.
Periodic Repair and Maintenance
Home and Yard
- Repair dripping faucets and toilets.
- Cut down and remove trees that like wet conditions.
- Landscape the yard to divert surface waters away from the tank and drainfield.
- Be sure that the water from the roof, gutters, and foundation drains properly.
- Install a concrete riser (or manhole) over the tank if it is buried 6 inches or deeper.
- Keep track of how quickly sludge and scum accumulate in the tank.
- Have solids pumped out of the tank as needed.
Signs of Possible Septic Problems
- Sewage backing up into your toilets, tubs, or sinks. Or slowly draining fixtures; particularly after it has rained.
- The smell of raw sewage accompanied by extremely soggy soil over sewage discharged over the ground or in nearby ditches or woods.
- Broken or cracked white pipes that stick out of the ground in a LPP system.
- An increase in infections or illnesses associated with swimming in lakes or rivers next to the system.
- Water test results indicating the presence of biological contamination or organic chemical contamination in the groundwater under the system.
What areas do we service?
We serve the Lakewood WA, King County, Pierce County, Thurston County, and Mason County area.
We offer a flexible schedule and are available 6 days a week. If you have other questions feel free to contact us at any time. You can also get a free online quote by clicking here.