All septic systems will need maintenance or repair during their lifetime.
Some maintenance may be performed by the homeowner for certain systems, but many county and local municipalities have adopted more stringent requirements which may require homeowner training or even prohibit homeowner maintenance.
Here in East Texas, counties like Gregg and Harrison require all homeowners with an OSSF (On Site Sewage Facility or "septic system") to be inspected at least 3 times a year by a TCEQ registered maintenance company.
Edward's Septic is a TCEQ registered maintenance company. We offer Service Maintenance Agreements for homes and businesses across East Texas. SMA's are an affordable way to make sure your system is working properly and to keep you in compliance with local governing agencies.
How often should I have my septic system pumped?
This is one of the most frequently asked questions we hear from homeowners. Having your system pumped is an important part of your maintenance program.
How often your system gets pumped depends on the size of your tank, the number of people living in your home and the habits of your particular household
After your wastewater is processed, solid materials settle to the bottom of the tank, forming a sludge layer. This sludge needs to be pumped out for your system to work correctly.
It is generally recommended to have your septic system pumped every 3-5 years under typical circumstances.
In this chart, a household of 3 with a 1,000 gallon tank is recommended for pumping every 3.7 years. If you use a garbage disposal, that frequency may need be increased.
A word about garbage disposals
Garbage disposals can increase the amount of solids in your tank and should be used sparingly. The best thing to do is throw away solid food items in the garbage.
Eliminating a garbage disposal can greatly reduce the amount of grease and solids that enter your system. A disposal grinds kitchen scraps into small pieces that must be pumped out of the tank.
If it's time to have your system pumped or you have any questions, please contact us.
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