How often you need to pump depends on the size of the tank, the number of people in the household, and the amount and type of solids. You should have your septic tank/well inspected annually to check for needed repairs and pumping, usually every 3 to 5 years. Some systems may need pumping more frequently. Our team can design a maintenance schedule to help you stay on top of your system.
Flush only human waste and toilet paper down the toilet—avoid flushing dental floss, hair, cigarette butts, cotton swabs, feminine hygiene products, condoms, paper towels, diapers, and disposable wipes. These items can easily clog your septic system components and cause a failure.
Absolutely. Many materials that are poured down the drain do not decompose and remain in the tank. Don’t pour fats, oils, and grease (FOG) down the drain or place coffee grounds and eggshells. Keep chemicals out of your system. These tend to harden any trapped FOG.
The basic function of a septic tank is to separate liquids and solids. When you use the sink, flush the toilet or put something down the kitchen drain, both solids and liquids will go down at the same time. On reaching the septic tank/well, the solids and liquids will begin to separate from each other. The solids will either float to the top or sink to the bottom and the liquids will remain at the center of the well. From here, the liquids will leach and the remaining solids will gradually decompose with the help of naturally occurring bacteria.
One of our service professionals can conduct an evaluation to determine the efficient functioning of your system.
Septic systems are designed to provide long term treatment of household waste when maintained properly. A well-maintained system can last for 30+ years before any need for replacement. Once they have a good bacterial base, they will continue to work for many years.
As a rule, you should pump your septic tank once every three to five years.
Don’t ignore the signs, the minute you experience any sinks and toilets backing up in the house it’s important to contact Septic Solutions Caribbean immediately and avoid the area. Other signs include slow draining toilets and drains, an odor of sewage, or contaminated well water.
Proper maintenance is the key to a long-lasting well functioning system. If your system has been properly designed, sited, and installed, the rest is up to you. Inspect your system annually and pump every 3-5 years, avoid excess water use, and watch what you put down the drain and flush down the toilet.