Septic System Frequently Asked Questions
Septic systems are complicated! Because they’re underground, septic tanks are easy to forget about. However, in Georgia, property owners are responsible for their septic system’s maintenance and repairs. Having your septic tank functioning properly is important to your property values, the environment, and the health of your family and the public. Learn more about your septic system to make the best decision about installation or maintenance.
How long do septic systems last?
Septic systems are usually designed to last long-term, about twenty years. However, a poorly installed septic system can fail within weeks. Most failures are caused by improper septic maintenance. Therefore, it is important to find a reliable septic services company to address potential issues before they become large scale problems posing a threat to both public safety and your wallet.
How do I know if my septic system is failing?
Symptoms of septic system failure include backing up of toilets or sinks, slow draining toilets and drains, a strong sewage smell, a wet area near the drain field, or contaminated well-water. Septic system failure is usually caused when a drain field is not functioning properly. If you are in doubt, it is always better to give us a call at 770-728-2314 before the problem becomes worse.
How can I prevent septic failure?
Assuming your septic system is properly designed and installed, maintenance is key! Inspections must be made annually, and your septic system should be pumped every 3-5 years. In addition, be aware of your water usage and what goes down drains and toilets. Learn more from the Georgia Department of Public Health.
Why is it important that I conserve water?
Aside from keeping your water bill low, septic systems can only treat so much water at a time. For every gallon that enters the tank, one is pushed out. Too much water can back up into your house or overload the drain field in your yard. Too much water being used at once may not leave enough time for the solids to settle and can cause clogs in your pipes.
Can you tell if the tank needs pumping without digging it up?
We will need to dig up the ground above the septic tank to inspect it, unless you have a riser installed. Risers provide easy access to the tank. Because of this, it is important to be cautious of what you plant around the system. Grass is the ideal cover. Trees and shrubs should be planted at least 30 feet away from your drain field.