As a general recommendation, a traditional 1,500 gallon septic tank should be pumped every 3 to 5 years. This chart provides a general guideline as to a pumping schedule. Pumping frequency depends on the amount of water and waste going into your system, the size of the tank and the septic system’s overall condition.
An effluent filter is a cylindrical device installed on the outlet baffle of a septic tank that assists in the removal of solids from wastewater before it enters into a drain field. These effluent filters are designed to protect the drain field and allow for cleaner and more clear effluent to exit the tank. The elimination of carryover solids from the septic tank by installing and maintaining the effluent filter minimizes the risk of a blockage and premature failure of the drain field.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Effluent Filters
In the case of effluent filters, the benefits tend to outweigh the disadvantages. The EPA states that the presence of a properly installed effluent filter will extend the life of one’s leach field and improve the quality of effluent.
There are many types and styles of effluent filters on the market. Give us a call and one of our skilled technicians can help you determine what may be right for your system.
A septic tank riser is a pipe made of either plastic, fiberglass, or concrete. It creates a vertical portal at the ground surface for easy access to the septic tank for inspection and pumping out. The lid is then either left exposed or with a very thin layer of soil and grass over it. It is recommended that your septic tank and onsite wastewater system be inspected, and pumped if necessary, every 3-5 years depending upon use. The addition of a riser to your system can be planned to coincide with your regular septic maintenance schedule.
The one-time cost of installing risers will pay for itself with the savings from the elimination of future repetitive uncovering for inspection and pumping. Having a riser in place can also significantly reduce the cost of septic tank maintenance over time through the ease of access and time on the job saved. Plus you will be spared digging up your lawn every time as well.
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