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Are Garbage Disposals Safe for Septic Systems?

October 14, 2021 6:19 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Part of being a responsible homeowner is taking proper care of your septic system. Knowing what you can and can’t put down the drain can extend the life of your septic system and prevent you from having to call a repair technician. But whether you can use a garbage disposal with a septic system is a bit of a gray area. There are certain precautions you can take regarding your garbage disposal and septic system—that’s what we’ll cover here with these FAQs. How does a septic tank work? A septic tank holds all the waste that was flushed down your... View Article

Can I Shower if My Septic Tank Is Full?

September 30, 2021 9:02 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

The idea of a septic tank being “full” is a bit of a misnomer. Because all of the water from your home flows into the septic tank, it will technically become full fairly quickly. But most of what fills it is actually water, which is cleaned and dispersed into your drain field. If you’re curious about the relationship between your septic system and your shower, or are wondering whether you can shower when the septic tank is full, read on to learn more. How septic tanks work As mentioned, all the water from your home eventually flows into the septic... View Article

Can You Use the Toilet During Septic Pumping?

September 16, 2021 9:02 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

While it’s not a pleasant thing to think about, getting your septic tank pumped is one of those things that just has to be done every once in a while. It’s important to get your septic tank pumped on a regular schedule, but it usually only needs to get done once every one to three years, so at least you won’t be having to experience it all the time. Still, you may have questions about the relationship between the toilet and the septic tank. For example, can you use the toilet during septic pumping? Here is more information on the... View Article

How to Tell When Your Septic Tank Needs to Be Pumped

August 26, 2021 10:06 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

How often should you pump septic tanks? The general standard is every three to five years, but if you’re looking for a more exact estimate, you’ll need to consider a variety of factors, such as the size of your household, the size of your tank and the amount of water used and waste generated. Perhaps a better method of determining when you need to schedule septic pumping is to watch for some telltale signs that indicate your tank is getting full. Here are a few of the most common signs that indicate a need for septic tank pumping. Sewage backup... View Article

How Long Do Septic Systems Last?

August 12, 2021 10:06 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Even a well-designed septic system will eventually reach the end of its usable life. The question, then, is how long do septic systems typically last? There’s no easy answer to this—there are a number of factors that influence septic lifespan. Here are just a few examples of some of those factors: Type of tank: There are septic tanks that come in several different varieties, primarily divided by the kinds of materials used to build them. A steel tank might last about 15 to 20 years, but when you’re using a plastic or concrete tank, you could get 40 years or... View Article