McFarland Septic, LLC


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1. Why should I have my tank pumped? Nothing appears to be wrong. Isn't that a waste of money?

While it does seem difficult to spend money on something when it appears to be working correctly, we like to compare routine septic cleanings with routine oil changes in your car. Even when our vehicles are working perfectly, we still make a point to change the oil every 5,000 miles to prevent a clogged engine. Preventive maintenance is similar for a septic tank. To prevent your system from backing up in your home, or becoming damaged beyond repair, the state recommends regular cleanings every three to five years.

2. Why should we pump our septic tank with our septic inspection?

When a septic inspection is performed, the state highly recommends that the tank is pumped during the inspection. Septic tanks will fill up with water, whether or not the sludge level is high. When the tank is full it is difficult for our inspector to see the entire interior of the tank. We like to compare it to a head shot, we can see the face and shoulders, but we can only give an educated guess as to what lies below the surface.

3. What are access risers?

Access risers are what allow us to get to the tank without digging. They are concrete or plastic, and they will be circle or round. Risers will stick up in your yard, and they are quite large, about 2-3 ft. in diameter. If you don't have an access riser, we will have to dig to access your tank.

4. I have sewage in my yard left over from an issue I was having. What is the best way to get rid of that?

Once the issue is resolved, the best thing to do is to put lime on the sewage. Lime can be found at most local hardware stores.

5. What is harmful to a septic system? 

A few things that are commonly found in septic systems that are harmful:

  • Flushed non biodegradable items. Many people flush non-waste items down the toilet or wash them down the drain and never give it a second thought. However, things such as gum, q-tips, most feminine products, grease, oil, cigarettes and leftover food can be quite harmful to a septic tank
  • Overuse of bleach. Many people clean and wash with bleach; however, excessive use of bleach can kill the natural bacteria that beaks down waste in your septic system

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