Frequently Asked Questions
Knowing the right questions to ask when it comes to the maintenance of your septic tank system is essential for homeowners. Double JP Septic is here to respond to all of your questions and provide you with the answers you need, whether you are trying to figure out if your septic system needs to be serviced or if you are looking to have a new tank installed on your property.
How often should my septic tank be pumped?
Generally, a licensed technician should inspect your septic tank every one to three years and perform pumping maintenance every three to five years. However, the frequency of necessary pumping depends on the size of the septic tank, the number of household residents, water use habits, and the volume of solid accumulation.
What are the signs of a full septic tank?
Checking the levels of solids within the tank is the best way to measure if it is full and in need of pumping maintenance. This must be done by a certified professional who will perform a sludge test in order to determine whether or not the solid level in your septic tank is high enough to require pumping.
How long does it take to install a septic tank?
For most technicians, it takes about three to five days to install a septic tank. However, the septic tank installation process varies depending on your location, local regulations, the wastewater treatment system, and weather patterns.
Where should a septic tank be installed?
Septic tanks should always be placed on level ground with at least eight feet or more of soil for support and protection. They should be kept away from wells, bodies of water, homes, and other structures.
How long does a septic system last?
Typically, conventional septic systems, which consist of a septic tank and a drain field, typically have a lifespan of 25 to 30 years or more. The concrete or fiberglass septic tank itself can last for 40 years or longer if it is structurally sound and not subjected to excessive stress. The drain field’s lifespan is influenced by factors such as soil conditions, water table levels, and the presence of tree roots, which can affect its performance over time.
What are common signs of a failing septic system?
There are a number of signs to look out for to determine if your septic tank needs to be serviced. Some of these signs include gurgling sounds in your plumbing system, standing water or damp spots around or on top of the drainfield, sewage odors lingering around the tank, and water from toilets, drains, and sinks back-flowing into your home’s plumbing. You can also keep an eye out for your bathtubs, showers, and sinks draining slowly or for overgrowth of lush, healthy grass over your septic tank or drainfield.