The components of a septic system include: septic tank pump tank with pump inlet and/or outlet baffles (filters) and a drainfield.
Depending on the number of people in your household, and the size and age of your septic system, you should pump your tank every 3-5 years. Most counties recommend this & sends out reminder letters.
We recommend not using a garbage disposal with a septic system. The use of a garbage disposal will dramatically affect the amount of scum and sludge produced and will significantly increase your need for pumping.
We strongly suggest that you do not build or landscape on any part of your drainfield or any other part of your septic system. Costly damage can occur to the system as well as the potential for serious health risks to you and your family. Grass is generally the only thing that should be planted on top of your drainfield.
Yes. It is important to know the location of each component of your septic system for multiple reasons. Some of these reasons include:
Cleaning and maintenance of the system
There are several items that can cause damage to your septic system. These include: Feminine hygiene products, excessive toilet paper use, baby/face wipes, condoms, medication/vitamins, grease, paint, food, kitty litter, bleach and fabric softeners. Plus many more. It is also recommended to use liquid or gel detergent for your washing machine and dishwasher. You should avoid using powdered detergent.
Generally, a failed septic system will cause sinks and toilets in your home to back up, drain slowly, or smell of sewage. Other signs of septic system failure include wetness or puddling on or near your drain field and even contaminated well water.