Frequently Asked Septic Questions

Many people don’t know too much about septic systems except the experts, we’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions and answers for you to learn more about your tank and how to take care of it.

What is a septic system and what does it do?

Your system stores and treats sewage and greywater from your home before it is released back into nature

Where is the opening to my septic tank?

This is a tricky one because no one wants to dig holes until they hit the jackpot. Try looking at the papers you got when you first purchased your home to see if there is a map anywhere, or maybe contact the professionals that previously serviced the home.

How often does my septic tank need to be cleaned?

This can really depend on how many people live in your house and how much water is used. Check with your local professionals at Millers to make sure that the system can run smoothly and can keep your tank trouble free.

Why should I clean my septic tank?

A lot of waste water goes into your tank, whether it is from the toilet, the kitchen sink, or even the garbage disposal. This waste can either get stuck at the bottom of the tank or float around at the top, this lessens the capacity of your tank and increases your water bill.

How is my septic tank cleaned?

The tank is cleaned by pumping all waste out of the tank to be hauled away and disposed of elsewhere.

How can I tell if my system is not functioning properly?

When a septic tank overflows, it causes pipes to be clogged. Signs of issues include: sinks and toilets will back up, slow draining toilets and drains, an odor of sewage, wet area on or near the drainfield, or contaminated well water.

How can I prevent septic failure?

MAINTENANCE, keep track of how often you are having your system pumped. Try to use less water and limit waste going down any drains.

For any further, specialized questions, contact Miller’s Septic Service for your septic needs!

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