FAQs About Septic Systems

Express Septic Services is going to take a moment to answer the most common questions we get about septic systems. These frequently asked questions make sense if you are considering installing a septic system at your residential or commercial property. If the question that you have is not included in the list of questions below, give us a call. We’d be happy to talk with you about septic systems.

How Often Does a Septic Tank Need to Be Pumped?

A septic tank needs to be pumped every three to five years. If you live in an extremely large household, you will need to have your septic tank pumped more often than three years. If you live in a small household, the duration between septic tank pumps can extend beyond five years.

How Often Should I Have My Septic System Serviced?

It is recommended that you have your septic system serviced annually. This allows us to inspect the system to make sure there is nothing wrong, such as a crack in the septic tank or a clogged main line. This also allows us to check the level of solid waste in the tank so we can pump it if necessary.

Do I Need to Worry About Things Going Down the Drains?

Yes. The only thing you want going down the drains is water. You will also have personal items, such as shampoo and soap, and household items, such as dish soap and laundry detergent flowing into your septic system. Other materials, such as food, fats or oils, hair, and facial tissue can clog your septic system and cause the tank to fill up quickly. Use drain screens to filter the drain water.

Can I Use My Garbage Disposal?

Yes, but we don’t recommend it. As with the rest of your household drains, you don’t want solid waste entering the septic system. Even though the healthy bacteria in the system will eat away at the food, they will fill the tank quickly and, in some cases, clog the septic system or your household plumbing.

Is It True I Can Only Use Septic-Safe Toilet Paper?

Yes, and the only thing you should flush down the toilet is the septic-safe toilet paper and human waste. Do not empty your cat litters into the toilet, do not flush facial tissue down the toilet, do not flush baby or adult wipes down the toilet, and do not flush feminine products down the toilet.

Call Express Septic Services in Greenville, SC, today if you would like to discuss the possibility of installing a septic system on your property or if your system is overdue for an inspection.

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