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Septic System Repair and Maintenance FAQ

Learning about your septic system and proper septic tank maintenance is the best thing Spokane, WI homeowners can do to prevent problems from arising. Tri-County Septic And Grease Trap Solutions is happy to provide answers to some of the most frequently-asked questions we get from our customers. Learn the basics below.

If your septic system is kept in good condition and your tank is proportionate to the size of your household, you can expect to have it pumped every three to five years. Some tanks need annual pumping, and your septic contractor will generally make you aware of the need for more frequent service.

The best way to stay on top of septic tank maintenance is to watch what you flush! Your septic environment will generally regulate itself and doesn’t need much help. However, if you flush chemicals, foreign objects or anything other than waste and toilet paper, you could be putting your septic environment at risk. Think before you flush!

NO! Even if disposable wipes claim to be flushable, they’re not. These wipes take a long time to break down in the septic environment and even then, they don’t always break down fully. Once inside your tank, they’ll cause all types of problems—clogging lines and preventing proper drainage. NEVER flush wipes—only toilet paper.

Septic system failure generally comes with warning signs. Some of the most common are easy to spot and should alert you to a problem right away:

  • Slow draining bathtubs, sinks and shower drains
  • Gurgling and bubbling from your drains
  • Odors wafting up through your drains or around your drain field
  • Spongy grass or standing effluent in your backyard
  • Backflowing effluent into your home

If you notice any of these symptoms, waste no time in calling Tri-County Septic And Grease Trap Solutions!

During a septic system failure, your septic tank is unable to process waste and release it appropriately. As a result, it releases it wherever it can. This means pushing it back up into your home’s plumbing or releasing it in a concentrated area of the drain field. Not only does this cause an unsanitary mess, it can be very dangerous. Effluent that finds its way into groundwater can result in health hazards.

The easiest way to prevent septic system failure is to practice proper care of your tank and to have it serviced by Tri-County Septic And Grease Trap Solutions. Watching what you flush, having your tank pumped routinely and having it cleaned accordingly by a professional will keep everything working smoothly.

Have more questions about proper septic tank maintenance? Concerns about your septic system or tank? Tri-County Septic And Grease Trap Solutions is always available to help customers throughout Spokane, WI and the surrounding area. Give us a call at 509-926-9361 for more information about your septic system and how to care for it properly.

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