The key to a healthy septic system is routine septic system pumping. Sludge build up occurs in a septic tank and the only way to eliminate the sludge build up is to routinely clean out your septic system to a level that is manageable. In order to maintain a healthy balance in your septic tank it is important to have your system cleaned properly and pumped on a regular basis. Regular servicing and septic pumping will help to identify potential septic tank problems that could be lurking under the surface. Our technicians are trained to spot warning signs the home owner would not see. Request Home Septic Service today.
3 Step Maintenance
We believe that maintaining your septic system can be very simple if you follow our 3 Step Maintenance program:
1. Regular Septic Tank Pumping Service
There are several factors that should be taken into account when deciding how often your septic tank needs to be serviced. You must take into account the age of the system, the number of occupants in your home, the use of a garbage disposal and the amount of laundry being done in the home. Every septic tank system is different. What is right for your septic system may not be right for your neighbor’s septic system. Speak with your Southern Water and Soil technician or call our customer service center to discuss the appropriate frequency of septic service for you.
Bacteria must be present in the septic tank in order to break down and digest the organic solids. Today, households use a wide range of anti-bacterial soaps, detergents and cleaning fluids. While these ordinary household products do a great job killing unwanted bacteria in your home, they also destroy beneficial bacteria that your system needs in order to function properly. In our experience, over the counter solutions are not properly formulated to meet today’s needs.
a. To ensure consistent periodic introduction of bacteria into your system, we suggest using our bacteria and enzyme additive. One cup every month will likely be sufficient to help your system function at its best. Our additive also keeps the pipes in your home clean, destroys household plumbing odors and reduces odor in trash cans.
b. Our additive is applied to your septic tank by your Southern Water and Soil Technician at the time of service. Our additive introduces enzymes intended to breakdown organic waste such as food products and grease from kitchen waste and garbage grinders. It is essentially a shock treatment for your septic tank, and true to its name it will give your tank the bacteria it needs to break down solids.
If your septic tank system was installed with a filter, it should be cleaned at every septic service. SWS installs filters for its clients. We recommend that you install a septic tank filter if you do not have one. It is an important tool that will protect your drainfield by acting as a strainer, keeping hair, grit, grime, and larger particles not yet broken down in your tank from getting out into your drain field laterals.