Elite Septic Maintenance provides:
- Septic pumping and cleaning
- Holding tank pumping
- Septic maintenance
- Riser installation
- Replace broken lids
- Repair broken clean out pipes
- Trouble shooting
- 24 hour emergency service
Understanding your Septic System
I believe that it’s important that tank & septic system owners understand the what, how, and whys.
Here is an illustration of a properly functioning tank.
In a septic tank, solid waste settles to the bottom and scum rises to the top. Excess liquid goes out to the drain field, either by gravity or with a septic pump. If your system has a filter (typically located in the outlet tee) learn how to clean and care for it or hire a septic professional to do it for you. These should be cleaned every three months. If you have a pump system, with an alarm, periodically test the alarm box for function. Bacteria breaks down the solids in the tank but they still need to be pumped out periodically. The PCA and U of M recommend having your system pumped every two to three years. Minnesota code also requires a tank to be pumped if the solids content is more than 1/3 of the total tank volume.
In order to do proper maintenance we need to have a manhole access to your tank. We can not do proper maintenance through a 4″ or 6″ riser pipe. If you do not have a lid at ground level contact us for a free estimate to upgrade your tank for proper maintenance.
Don’t flush or pour down the drain anything non-biodegradable or chemicals! These things can clog the tank and drain field and chemicals can kill the bacteria that helps break down solids.
The following is a list of common items that are flushed or poured down the drain that shouldn’t be.
- Feminine hygiene products
- Dental floss
- Cigarette butts
- Cat litter
- Cotton swabs
- Paper towels
- Baby wipes
- Household chemicals
- Grease (no bacon fat, no oils etc.)
Yes, we are all guilty of putting some of these items into our septic system but avoiding them will extend the life of your system and help you avoid costly repairs. Basic maintenance on a regular basis is much cheaper then replacing an entire system.Call today to schedule your appointment.