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Septic Tank FAQ

Septic Tank FAQ

Commonly Asked Questions About Septic Tanks

How does my septic system work?

It does not matter if you flush your toilet or are washing your dishes, all of the water that comes out of your house goes directly into your septic tank. This includes washing machines, showers, toilets and dishwashers…essentially, anything that goes down a drain. After the water passes through the drain, it goes straight to your septic system where lighter materials, such as grease and fat float to the top and solids settle at the bottom of the tank. These solids eventually form into sludge, which cause clogs and which should not be ignored.

Do I have a septic tank?

Do you get a monthly bill from your city? If not, you probably have a septic tank and a septic system. Typically, those who live in the country or outside of city limits have septic tanks.

What can I flush down my toilet?

Really the only thing you should flush down the toilet is toilet paper. Toilet paper is made to break down in water and rarely cause blockages.

How often should I have my tank pumped?

Pumping depends on the size of your house and tank. It’s typically recommended that you have your septic tank pumped every two years.