Frequently Asked Question

Below are some of the most common questions asked. If you do not find your information below please contact us!

How long does a septic system installation process take from start to finish? 

1-2 days typically Depends if you need just a new tank or a whole new system Depends on your property layout, 

How easy it is to monitor Will the installation process involve any disruptions to my property or daily routines? 

typically know your tank will be pumped prior to starting any excavation. The contractor will ask that heavy amounts of water usage be limited( laundry, long showers, etc.)

What is the lifespan of a septic system?

20 years typically the longevity can go up or down depending on usage Proper maintenance is key only flush what is supposed to be flushed. Correct system sizing is key Excessive amounts of water can overload the system causing it to fail 

What is the purpose of a septic system?

A septic system is an underground wastewater treatment system used in properties not connected to public sewers. It treats wastewater from toilets, sinks, showers, and laundry, preventing it from contaminating the environment.

How often should I pump my septic tank?

The pumping frequency depends on several factors, including household size, wastewater volume, and tank size. Generally, pumping every 3-5 years is recommended. However, consult a septic professional for a more accurate estimate based on your specific system.

Can I use additives in my septic system?

Some septic system additives claim to boost bacterial activity or break down sludge. However, the EPA advises against using them, as they can harm the delicate bacterial balance in your tank and even damage the system.

How much does a septic tank replacement cost?

Septic tank replacement costs vary depending on tank size, material, installation difficulty, and local labor rates. Expect to pay between $1,500 and $5,000 for a typical concrete tank replacement.

How much does it cost to replace my septic field?

Septic field replacement costs can range from $5,000 to $15,000, depending on the field size, type of system installed, and excavation complexity.

What are soil borings?

Soil borings are tests conducted to determine the soil composition and suitability for a septic system. They involve digging holes and analyzing soil samples to assess factors like drainage, percolation rate, and depth to groundwater.

Why is a septic system so expensive?

Septic systems involve specialized equipment, materials, and installation expertise. Additionally, factors like tank size, site access, and soil conditions can influence the cost. Regular maintenance can help extend the lifespan of your system and potentially reduce long-term costs.

My septic system is backing up, what’s next?

Stop using water immediately and contact a septic professional promptly. Backups can indicate a clog, tank failure, or malfunctioning drainfield. Ignoring the issue can lead to environmental contamination and costly repairs.

Is it safe to continue using water fixtures if my septic system has failed?

No, it is not safe to use water fixtures if your septic system has failed. Doing so can overflow the system and contaminate your property and surrounding environment. Stop using water and contact a professional for immediate repair.

Why does my property need an ATU? (Aerobic treatment unit)

ATUs are typically recommended for properties with:

  • Limited drain field space
  • High groundwater tables
  • Clayey or rocky soil with poor drainage
  • Large wastewater flows

ATUs use oxygen to break down waste more efficiently than traditional septic systems, allowing for smaller drainfields and potentially safer discharge in sensitive areas.

How will my Yard look?

Septic system installation typically involves minimal disruption to your yard. The excavation area will be restored to its original condition, and any disturbed grass will be reseeded. You should see no lasting impact on your yard’s appearance after the installation is complete.