Neglecting or abusing your septic system can have very expensive repercussions. Septic backups, damage to flooring, walls and furnishings, lost time from work or school, or worse yet, a septic system that fails prematurely, are all consequences of septic maintenance failure.

Many homeowners don’t understand how to keep their septic systems in good condition. Quite a few people don’t even realize that without proper maintenance and septic tank pumping, expensive repairs are almost a sure thing. Regularly scheduled septic maintenance is important to protecting your investment and avoiding costly repairs.

Your septic tank is the heart of your drain system. It needs to be taken care of from time to time. Having your septic tank pumped out regularly helps prevent damage done to your drainfield. Drainfield repairs or replace fields can cost up to $20,000 or more. Contact Webb’s Select-A-Service in Altonah to learn more.

Here at Webb’s Select-A-Service in Altonah, we specialize in septic tank pumping and other septic tank services, helping your septic system run smoothly.

How Does My Septic Tank Work?

Breaking down waste and leaving water clean enough to enter the earth is a complex, and vital, process. And while here at Webb’s Select-A-Service, we understand the ins and outs of septic systems, we know that most of our customers don’t know how their system functions. But good maintenance starts with knowing how your septic tank works and how it can fail. Here’s a simplified version of how your septic tank works, and if you contact Webb’s Select-A-Service in Altonah, we’d be happy to explain the entire process in more detail!

A septic tank is essentially a contained pond where sewage can settle and separate. Heavier solids sink while grease and oil floats to the top — like a bottle of salad dressing. The outlet pipe is attached above the level of the solids, and a filter prevents most solids from exiting the tank. The waste water than flows out to the drain field. 

You need to pump your septic tank regularly to remove the heavier waste at the bottom of the tank. If those solids build up, you can end up with a clogged, backed up system.

The first step to maintaining your septic tank is knowing where your tank is located.

Don’t know where your tank is? We can locate your tank and tell you how deep the access to the lids of the septic tank is. If you’re not able to access the tank yourself, we can help take care of that as well.

Step two is getting your septic tank pumped out regularly.

We can set you up a maintenance plan and schedule regular septic tank pumping. Keep in mind that not everyone will be on the same plan. Here is a recommended schedule to help you know what plan will work for you. If you’re interested in scheduling regular septic tank pumping in Altonah, or the surrounding area, contact us today!

Table I. Septic Tank Pumping Frequency in Years

Household size – Number of Occupants

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Septic Tank Pumping Frequency in Years

500* 5.8 2.6 1.5 1.0 0.7 0.4 0.3 0.2 0.1
750* 9.1 4.2 2.6 1.8 1.3 1.0 0.7 0.6 0.4 0.3
900 11.0 5.2 3.3 2.3 1.7 1.3 1.0 0.8 0.7 0.5
1000 12.4 5.9 3.7 2.6 2.0 1.5 1.2 1.0 0.8 0.7
1250 15.6 7.5 4.8 3.4 2.6 2.0 1.7 1.4 1.2 1.0
1500 18.9 9.1 5.9 4.2 3.3 2.6 2.1 1.8 1.5 1.3
1750 22.1 10.7 6.9 5.0 3.9 3.1 2.6 2.2 1.9 1.6
2000 25.4 12.4 8.0 5.9 4.5 3.7 3.1 2.6 2.2 2.0
2250 28.6 14.0 9.1 6.7 5.2 4.2 3.5 3.0 2.6 2.3
2500 30.9 15.6 10.2 7.5 5.9 4.8 4.0 3.5 3.0 2.6

Step three is being about to easily access your septic tank.

Does your tank sit in the middle of your lawn, or do you have to hire a backhoe to access the lids every time you need septic tank pumping? We can install risers with custom lids that will help you know exactly where your tank is and you never have to dig up that lawn again.

Ours risers with lids are heavy duty. They can be driven over with a riding lawn mower or an ATV. While they are extremely tough, we don’t recommend you drive a vehicle over them, and you also don’t want to drive a vehicle over your septic tank anyway. If you’re interested in taking advantage of any of our septic tank services, contact us in Altonah