Plumbing can often be seen as a ‘dirty job.’ Technicians are featured on TV shows depicting just how messy they can get while working. This isn’t actually the case for every single call - in fact, many calls are relatively mundane and require simple repairs. Calls involving septic tanks, however, are usually the exception to this and can include a good bit of mud. Luckily, our plumbers at Premium Plumbing and Septic aren’t afraid to get a bit dirty to help solve your plumbing problem. Our company offers 24-hour service, is locally owned and operated, and are committed to your customer experience!
We specialize in sept tank plumbing services - it’s in our name! From pumping to repairs, even installing new septic tanks, our specialists will help you every step of the way. We also offer expert sewer line services, which can be a great compliment to all your septic tank needs.
The Functions of a Septic Tank
Whether your home uses a septic tank or a city water treatment facility, there is a major need to get rid of wastewater and solid waste. For homes that use a city’s water treatment facility, this process is easy: the water drains from the home into the sewer main and flows away to be treated.
Septic tanks function a bit differently. As wastewater drains from the home, it collects in your septic tank. Any solid waste sinks to the bottom of the tank, forming sludge, while oils and fats float to the top to form scum. Inbetween these layers is relatively clear water. As more waste fills the tank, the clear water is pushed out of the tank and into a drain field.
The drain field consists of punctured pipes that allow the water to flow into the ground. The soil can then remove any nitrogen or phosphates found in the water which will help nourish surrounding plants. While it may be on the complex side, septic tanks are a great solution for homeowners that own a property that’s too far for city sewer lines.
How to Tell if Your Septic Tank Needs Repairs
One of the biggest differences of using a septic tank and being on city wastewater is the fact that you are responsible for your septic tank. People that use the city’s water treatment facility generally do not have to worry about the municipal facility becoming too full or needing repairs. Septic tank owners do have to take these things into mind so it’s important to know when your tank needs repairs. Here are the top signs that you should call a professional:
- Pooling water in your yard
- Slow drains which could mean a blockage. Because all of your plumbing is connected, a blocked sewer line can definitely cause slow drains
- Overly green grass (sewage makes great fertilizer)
- Sewage backup seen in sinks or tubs when the toilet is flushed
- Sulfurous (sewage) odors
Keep in mind that this list is not comprehensive or exclusive. You do not need to see all of the above problems to indicate that your septic tank is having an issue. At Premium Plumbing and Septic we can help keep your septic tank running in top shape. By scheduling a regular inspection and pumping system, you can avoid any emergency situations, and enjoy efficient and clean sewage processing for your home.
The Importance of Professional Installations
You can install your own septic tank and many people do. Those people also end up having to repeatedly call a professional because of issues that could have been taken care of at installation. When we install a new septic tank at your home, we remove the old system to allow you to start fresh.
Our technicians are well-versed on the codes and regulations of the area which prevents any future fines and because we have done this more than a few times, for over 30 years to be exact, the process will go smoothly. You can expect your new septic tank to work, without issue, and the technician to explain anything you may need to know.
The biggest difference between a new installation and a replacement of a current septic tank is the fact that a new tank will involve holes being drilled. When replacing an old septic tank, the current trenches and holes will be used.
In addition, it’s imperative that all plumbing leading to and from your home, along with the leach fields, are all installed properly. Any mistakes can lead to contamination, damage to your home, and in some instances even health concerns for you and your family.
When Should You Pump Your Septic Tank?
The rule of thumb for septic tank pumping is once every three to five years. However, this ‘average’ does not take into consideration how many people live in your home nor how much use your septic tank receives. With this said, consider pumping your tank when:
- Pungent smells of sewage or rotten eggs
- Pooling water in parts of the yard when there has been no rain
- Slow-moving drains that can’t seem to be helped
- Sewage backup in drains when you flush the toilet
If you notice, these are the same signs that may indicate a need for repair. Because of this, it is important to call a professional to see what is really going on with your septic system! It is very important to limit how much toilet paper, baby wipes, and feminine products you flush down the toilet. Each of these items can cause your tank to fill faster as well as potentially blocking drains.
Premium Plumbing and Septic: A Company You Can Count On
You don’t have to look far to find a company you can always rely on. Premium Plumbing and Septic is always available and can always send a plumbing contractor out to your home. We offer 24-hour service so your emergency doesn’t have to wait until the morning. Septic tank services are definitely one of our specialties and we get to know the ins and outs of your system so you don’t have to.
With these custom-tailored solutions, you can always rest easy that your home plumbing is in the best hands. And our services are not limited to septic tanks, we can also service any related systems like sewer lines, clogged toilets, and more!