10 Questions about Septic Tank Pumping You May Be Embarrassed to Ask

Who actually wants to discuss the uncomfortable topic about what goes into a septic tank and how it caused a problem? This would probably be a “no” for most people. Let’s face it, residential septic tank pumping in Wilmington NC is a common occurrence and sometimes it can be an embarrassing topic to talk about. For homeowners who are new to the area, this process may leave them with questions and concerns, especially if a problem occurs. After all, for many families that are new to the area, this may be the first time they have had to deal with maintaining a septic tank system.

This unfamiliarity is often the root cause of a home’s septic tank problems. If you are a homeowner living with your first septic system, then you may have questions that you are either afraid to ask or you may simply not know who to ask. Here, Lewis Farms answers some of the most common septic tank questions so you can learn more about your system, its maintenance needs, and receive answers to those questions you don’t want to ask.

#1 – How Often Does My Septic Tank Need to Be Pumped Out?

When it comes to septic tank cleaning there isn’t a standard to follow. Every household is different. From the number of residents to the home’s water conservation practices (or lack thereof) to the actual size of the septic tank, there are a wide number of factors that can affect the frequency of your pumping schedule. If you recently moved into your home, then you should have your system inspected and cleaned if necessary and the service provider will give you an idea of how often your system should be pumped at that time.

#2 – Will My Home Stink after the Septic Tank is Pumped?

When a septic tank is pumped out, there may be some residual odor but it usually remains outside of the home and it dissipates very quickly. Don’t worry, every septic tank can have a horrible odor and it is a normal occurrence for Lewis Farms to see.

#3 – Why Can’t I Use Bleach With a Septic System?

A septic system relies on naturally-occurring bacteria to keep it running efficiently. When you use bleach or other anti-bacterial soaps and cleaning solutions, they can greatly reduce the amount of live bacteria in your system. This causes the tank to fill up faster because there are no bacteria available to help break the waste down. For the same reason, homeowners with septic tank systems should also avoid using bacteria-killing drain cleaners. It’s recommended to use cleaning products listed as non-chlorine, non-ammonia, non-antibacterial, non-toxic, and bio-degradable. Most all-natural cleaners are safe for use with septic systems.

#4 – Can I Plant a Garden Over My Septic System?

No. Your septic system is made up of a holding tank, a distribution box, and a leach field and anything planted over these areas can compromise the integrity of the system. Only grass should be planted over the septic system because grass roots are not strong or large enough to work their way into the system. You should also avoid covering the septic tank and its leach field with concrete, asphalt, or any other kind of impenetrable material.

#5 – How Can I Make My Septic System Last as Long as Possible?

Replacing a septic tank is an expensive process so you will want to do everything you can to help extend the life of your system. You can do this by conserving water, avoid using the garbage disposal, using only natural cleaning agents, and having your septic tank system pumped and inspected on a regular basis. You should also avoid flushing anything other than human waste and toilet paper down the toilet, even if the product says “septic safe” on the packaging. To all the parents out there, keep an eye on your children when they are in the bathroom because for some reason it is very entertaining for them to put anything in the toilet!

#6 – Why Is There a Pond Over My Septic Tank?

Ponding can occur over a septic tank for one of two reasons. Either the tank is overflowing as a result of too much rain or a blockage or there is a break in the system’s main line. If the ponding is occurring over your leach field, then a leach line may be clogged. Be sure to call Lewis Farms right away if you see this happening because it can cause other horrible things to happen; such as your dog “playing” in the stinky pond or your kids slipping and falling in it while in the yard.

#7 – If My Sinks are Draining Slow, Is My Septic System Clogged?

If you have one sink that is draining slower than usual, then there may be a clog in that sink’s drain pipes. But, if all of the drains in your home are sluggish, then a larger problem may be the issue. If the latter is the case, then you should contact your local septic system maintenance service and have them inspect your system.

#8 – Why Do I Have Septic Odors in My House?

If you are experiencing unpleasant septic odors on the inside of your home or you notice dirty water in your toilets, sinks, or tubs, then there may be a clog in your septic tanks that is causing the dirty water and odors to flow back through the pipes. Your best bet is to call Lewis Farms to have them inspect your system and pump it out if necessary.

#9 – What is the Most Common Cause of Septic Tank Clogs?

The most common reason why homeowners experience clogs and other problems with their septic systems is that they fail to have them serviced as often as they should. When you move into your new home, you should have your system inspected and cleaned and you should find out from the technician how often you should have the tank pumped, and then follow that schedule to help avoid future problems with your system.

#10 – What Really Happens When a Septic Tank is Pumped Out?

When a septic tank is pumped, the technician connects a suction tube to the tank and pumps all of the content out and into the truck’s holding tank. Once the tank is pumped, the technician will then inspect the inlet and outlet valves to ensure they are working and in good shape. The technician will also check the tank’s bacteria count and the tank levels. Once this is finished, the tech will ask you to flush your toilets to verify that the system is working properly.

Call Lewis Farms Today to Schedule Septic Tank Pumping in Wilmington NC

Failing to properly maintain your septic tank can result in a costly financial undertaking if the clog builds to the point that it cause the tank to rupture. Keep your risks (and costs) as low as possible and your system running like it’s supposed to by calling Lewis Farms toll-free at 800-624-2979 today. We’ll inspect your septic tank and pump it out if necessary. Or, if your septic tank is already showing signs of failure, please call our emergency line at 910-604-0049 for 24/7 septic tank pumping in Wilmington NC. In addition, check out our Facebook page as we are always updating new tips and advice weekly. We will take care of all the smelly odors that are interrupting your life today!