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One of the most critical aspects of a properly functioning septic system is regular maintenance!
Have an experienced ROWP (Registered Onsite Wastewater Practitioner) visit your property at least once each year (twice each year if your system is highly advanced) to inspect all system components and advise you of any necessary replacement parts or minor repairs and adjustments before they become major and expensive problems.
Over 80% of the significant costly repairs we have assessed, could have been prevented with proper installation and minor maintenance on a regular basis.
To request a maintenance visit or a service call, please submit a Service Request.
Please note these are starting rates and may vary depending on location, access, volumes and time on site.
Annual Maintenance is the best way to keep your septic system functioning properly and problem free for many decades. Just like an oil change on a vehicle, regular maintenance each year by an experienced ROWP will ensure your system is in proper working order. It is an inexpensive way to avoid potentially significantly expensive repairs when systems are neglected.
Septic Systems (Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems) often have more than one tank or compartment, each requiring distinct care. Modern septic system tanks are complex, some including media or other delicate parts and should be handled carefully. Skim tanks annually and empty and clean them every 2-3 years depending on use and flow volumes. Be sure to hire an experienced septic system pumping company to avoid damage to system components or incomplete work.
Be sure to clarify if your tank is being emptied out and washed down or if it is being 'skimmed'. There are 3 basic layers in a tank; Scum, Wastewater and Sludge (see below). To properly empty out and clean a tank, all 3 layers must be removed (pumped out) and tank itself washed. When tanks have not been emptied for many years, the bottom layer of sludge compacts and hardens, making removal difficult. Sludge must first be broken down by high pressure jetting, before it can be vacuumed out.
Pressure jetting a septic field, sewer lines or grease traps is common and good practice. Jetting time required varies from case to case depending on condition and build up.
If we have not serviced your system in the last 2 years, a site assessment may be the first step necessary in order to confirm your system's current status and which work or maintenance (if any) is required.
This is also known as our minimum Service Call Out fee, which includes mobilization and the first hour of diagnostics.