Septic System FAQs

Oct 11, 2023

Septic System FAQs

If you live in an area that is not connected to a municipal sewer system, there’s a good chance you own a septic system. You may not think very often about this system, but it works hard all-year-round to treat your wastewater in a safe and environmentally-friendly way. Here at Septic Blue of Charlotte, there are a lot of myths and misconceptions we hear about septic systems, so we’ll try to clear them up today by answering a few frequently asked questions.

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Are Septic Tanks Environmentally Friendly?

Septic tanks can be environmentally friendly when properly maintained and used. Septic systems treat wastewater on-site, allowing for natural processes to break down solids and purify water before it returns to the ground.

How Often Should I Pump My Septic Tank?

The average septic tank should be pumped every three to five years. However, septic tank pumping frequency depends on a number of factors, including the size of the tank, the amount of solids in the tank, and the number of people living in the home. If you’re not sure if your septic system is due for pumping, consult with a nearby septic company.

Who Is Responsible For Maintaining Septic Systems?

The owner of the septic system is responsible for the overall maintenance of the system, including septic tank repair and replacement.

How Long Does a Septic System Last?

The lifespan of a septic system depends on a number of factors, such as the material it is made of, the quality of septic tank installation, exposure conditions, and maintenance. Typically, a properly installed and maintained septic system may last 50 years or more.

How Can I Tell My Septic System Needs To Be Inspected?

Your septic system needs to be inspected by a professional septic company if you notice the following signs:

  • Slow-draining fixtures
  • Unpleasant smells around your home
  • Backed-up sewage
  • Well water contamination
  • Standing water in your yard
  • The septic tank is overflowing
  • Septic tank pumping doesn’t help
  • Green lush grass around the septic tank

Should I Stay Away From Using A Garbage Disposal If I Have A Septic Tank?

There’s a common misconception among homeowners that you can’t have a garbage disposal if you have a septic tank. The truth is, a garbage disposal is not bad for septic systems if you use the appliance with caution. Here are some of the best practices to follow:

  • Minimize the use of your garbage disposal. Only dispose of small, easily biodegradable food scraps.
  • Do not put items like fats, oils, grease, coffee grounds, bones, and non-biodegradable items down the disposal.
  • Run cold water while using the garbage disposal and for a few seconds afterward.

My Septic System Is Working Fine. Why Do I Have To Have It Inspected?

Even if your septic system appears to be functioning well, regular inspections are essential for the following reasons:

  • Regular septic system maintenance increases the chance that potential issues will be discovered early enough.
  • Increases the lifespan of your septic system
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Ensures proper septic system functioning
  • Regular inspections ensure your septic system is not causing pollution

Can I Inspect My Own Septic System?

Inspecting your own septic system can be done, but it's important to approach it with caution and recognize that a thorough inspection may require professional expertise.

Professional Septic System Service

Turn to Septic Blue of Charlotte for all of your residential and commercial septic needs. Whether you’re in need of septic tank installation or septic tank repair, Septic Blue of Charlotte is here to help.