The importance of regular septic tank cleaning, simply cannot be underestimated. Like anything that keeps our homes running smoothly, septic systems require maintenance on a somewhat regular basis. Neglecting them is consequently one of the most common causes of septic failure, damage, and malfunction.

septic drawing residential homeKeep Your Septic System Running Strong

At H&S Septic in Rochester NY, we recommend that you have your system pumped once every two to three years. One of its most notable benefits, septic maintenance reduces the sludge that inexorably finds it ways into your leach fields. Over time this can increase the potential for more costly and time consuming problems.

Having your system pumped and professionally maintained on a regular basis, is undoubtedly among the easiest and most cost-effective way to preserve the life of your septic system. H&S Septic Service in Rochester has experience.

How Often to Pump Your Septic System

The frequency of pumping depends on the amount of sewage produced. In cases where the disposal field has a limited capacity (high groundwater, poorly drained soils, small absorption area) or where more wastewater is produced (large families, homes with garbage disposals/grinders), it is critical to pump more often.

Below is a list of what NOT to put into your septic tank:

  • Cigarette butts
  • Coffee grounds
  • Plastics
  • Cotton swabs & cotton balls
  • Cooking fats & greases
  • Paints and chemicals
  • Sanitary napkins, tampons and applicators
  • Disposable diapers
  • Diaper wipes
  • Condoms
  • Cat litter
  • Paper towels

Items such as hair, garbage disposal refuse, powdered laundry soaps and lint, cooking oils and grease will slowly degrade your tank and system over time. It is recommended to never drive your vehicles and heavy equipment or park over your septic system area. Do not plant trees in the area where roots can compromise your system.

Before You Empty Your Own Septic Tank...

Ask a licensed septic tank pumper to evaluate your septic system and recommend a pumping schedule. Important! Do not, under any circumstances, attempt to empty or repair the tank yourself. Dangerous gases are released during the septic pumping process, and can be deadly if not properly contained.

Hiring a Professional Septic System Cleaner

When you have your septic system maintained by a professional, the benefits are vast. Not only can you help prevent costly repairs and problems down the road, you'll also be protecting your loved ones against any potential health hazards, as well as concerns to your area's ground water supply, ponds, streams, lakes and wells.

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