Frequently Asked Questions & Answers on Septic Systems
Whether you have recently purchased a Ramsey MN home with an Existing Onsite Septic System or have had one installed for years, you probably still have questions. This Three Part Blog Series from CSI Custom Septic, Inc. will take a closer look at 15 questions that Licensed Septic Professionals commonly get asked. Part 1 has answers on the following questions:
- What Is A Septic Tank?
- When To Pump Septic Tank?
- Lifespan of Septic Tank?
- Septic Tank Additives?
- How to Find a Septic Tank on Your Property?
What Is An Onsite Septic Tank System?
Answer: An On Site Septic System utilizes a below ground Septic Tank to collect and disperse waste water. Contents of the tank are separated into three layers. Solids sink to the bottom, grease and lightweight solids float to the top and liquid stays in the middle layer before flowing out to a drainfield. Bacteria inside of the septic tank begin the organic treatment process.
When Does A Septic Tank Need To Be Cleaned?
Answer: Having your Septic Tank Pumped Out can be one the best and most cost effective ways to prolong the lifespan of the septic system. How often it needs to be cleaned out depends on several different factors including size, water use, household size, septic system design, soil type, etc. Most private septic tanks will need to be pumped about once every 3 years. The cost usually runs about $200 per pumping.
Are Septic Tank Additives Good For The Tank?
Answer: Septic Tank Additives are marketed as a way to improve the function of a septic tank or keep it working longer. Most experts agree that putting these types of chemicals or bacteria into the septic system are a waste of money and may actually be harmful to the needed bacteria livings inside of the tank.
How Long Does A Septic Tank Last?
Answer: The expected longevity of a Septic Tank depends a lot on the homeowner. A good quality septic tank system that has been properly designed and installed can last for 20, 30 or 40 years with regular maintenance.
Where Is My Septic Tank Located?
Answer: Finding an Underground Septic Tank on your property can be very easy or somewhat difficult depending on your individual circumstance. Newer septic systems usually have a manhole cover or septic tank riser that is visible in the yard.
Older septic tanks could be harder locate unless you have a diagram in your maintenance records. Your county health department should have a drawing of the septic system. If not, you may have to do some detective work using a tile probe or call in a septic system installer to find it for you.
MN Licensed Septic System Professional
For more information on Private Septic Tank Systems, be sure to check back again for Parts 2 & 3 in this Septic System FAQs Series. CSI Custom Septic, Inc. has a MN Licensed Septic Professional on staff to provide top quality septic services that can keep your onsite system operating at its best for decades.