We are a local septic tank pumping company. We can help you with septic problems and any other service related to septic tanks.
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Services that we offers
- Septic Tanks
- Septic Inspection
- Septic Tank Pumping & Cleaning
- Septic Tank Repair
- Field Lines
As experienced and professional residential and commercial septic tank pros serving the Atlanta area, the technicians dispatched by our septic tank partners are dedicated to ensuring your next septic service goes as smoothly as possible. Whether you need basic septic tank service, such as pumping, or are facing an emergency with lines backing up.
Locating and Digging
It’s helpful if you know where your tank is located before you call, but if you don’t that’s ok. Our partner technicians are glad to help you find it. When they dig, they also do their best to make sure everything goes back neatly, because they understand that your home is your castle.
Septic Tank Service
A septic system service call should be performed every 3-5 years, in order to ensure the tank doesn’t overfill. Homes with garbage disposals and buildings with a lot of people may need to have septic service done every year. This is because the bottom of the tank fills with a layer of “sludge” over time, and if it isn’t removed, it can cause a nasty backup of your entire system. Over the years, the pipes may also build up residue, which needs to be removed. This is an easy task with hydro-jetting, or the use of high-powered water. When you have this maintenance performed on a regular basis, you increase the lifespan of your system and help maintain the value of your home. It’s a true investment.
During your septic system service call, the technician can perform a thorough check of your tank and all its auxiliary parts. From the gas vents, to the main pipe, and even the water dispersion system or leach field, each piece will be examined for normal wear and tear and will be assessed for potential issues. A comprehensive evaluation is also available for real estate transactions as needed.
Keeping up with preventative septic tank service goes a long way to keeping everything running smoothly, but sometimes a person will flush something they shouldn’t and a backup will occur. Though rare, the aggressive root systems of some trees can also invade pipes and lines. A backup can make a home totally uninhabitable and will shut down businesses entirely. When this happens, you need help right away. The partner technicians of Atlanta Septic Tank Pros will work quickly and diligently to ensure your problem is repaired fast.
Your septic system is an important part of the cleanliness of your home, which is why it is so necessary to get a regular septic system inspection. Your septic system receives wastewater from your home (toilets, drains, washing machines), treats it, and afterwards disposes of it. Any solids are broken down into sludge, separated, and then drained into a drainfield where it gets naturally filtered before entering into the groundwater. It’s a highly technical process that most individuals will never learn about– that being said, a septic system inspection is a necessary part of being a homeowner.
When Should I Get My Septic System Inspection ?
If you just purchased your home, it is best to get a septic system inspection right away, even though the previous homeowners said they had it done just recently. From there on out, you should have your system inspected annually. If you do put your house up for sale, you must get a septic inspection and then keep paperwork.
Regular inspection will keep your septic system in working condition and prevent any dilemmas that can pop up over the years. Then again, if the year isn’t up yet and you think that something is not right, you may need to get your system inspected anyway.
Hiring a licensed septic company ensures that you will get a detailed inspection each time.
Septic System Inspection: What They Require
During a septic inspection, there are a couple of things that the worker will look for in, around, and on your tank. The first is the date of the last septic pumping. Knowing previous dates can help the inspector determine whether or not it should be pumped– however, the sludge level is the ultimate determination of that, so he or she will also look at that. The sludge level is determined using a “sludge judge,” which reveals if the tank is more than 1/3 filled with sludge. If it is, it needs to be pumped.
Another check takes place on the riser lids if they are present. These need to be checked for cracks and tightness. The same needs to be said of the baffles– they must be firmly attached at all points. Lastly, drain lines all need to receive the same amount of wastewater, or one could become overflowed and breakdown. While this may seem like a lot, it truly does not take that much time for a skilled individual or team to check your septic system.
Another thing that the examiner will evaluate is whether or not the tank is large enough for your family. If there is more than just the normal wear and tear, it is a sign that you need to have a larger tank. If this is the case, he or she may also look into the drain field to see if that needs to be moved to a better location.
Another inspection takes place in the ground around the septic system. Liquid waste should not be near the ground surface because this is unsanitary and a sign that something isn’t functioning properly. You do not want to have your groundwater contaminated.
What If I Don’t Get My Septic System Inspected?
Septic systems play an important part in the health of your home, yard, and community. They are made to handle the most dangerous of wastewater. This water has a lot of different types of bacteria and other harmful material. If you fail to get your septic system inspected, you run the risk of putting all of that into your yard.
Keep in mind that a professional septic tank pumping service must remove any solid waste off your tank– sometimes, some companies do both. In certain cases you have to hire two different companies. Do not try to do anything involving your septic tank by yourself. Only a skilled, properly equipped professional should ever enter your tank. Methane, as well as other noxious fumes, can cause death.
If your system does not get examined by a professional, you run the risk of many things happening, and none of them are good.
Need A Septic System Inspection? Contact Us Today!
Your septic system inspections should be done annually by someone who is qualified, certified, and properly equipped to do the job. Your septic tank is one of the most expensive household fixtures you will purchase, so you have to take care of it. For the best septic system inspections, contact us today to get connected with someone who can assist you.
What Does Residential Septic Tank Pumping Involve?
In order to do a septic tank pump out, the tank must be located and the hatch has to be excavated. If you’ve recently purchased your Atlanta home and don’t know where the opening to your tank is, the technicians can locate it for you. After this, the septic system pumping occurs. As part of comprehensive septic pumping services, the tank will also be cleaned out with water and a technician will inspect it. Focus is placed on the baffles, which help direct the flow of material inside the tank, as well as any pipes and lines inside. The technician will also check for damage due to age, cracks, and destruction caused by root systems. Lastly, the area is closed up and the earth is placed back on top.
Why is it Important to Pump a Septic Tank?
Your system is made up of several parts, but the real work is done by the tank. All of the wastewater from the home is delivered to it through the “inlet,” and the “baffles” help make sure that it separates properly. Lightweight things, like toilet paper, grease, and oil float to the top and form a layer called “scum.” The heavier waste sinks to the bottom of the tank and is referred to as “sludge.” The liquid in the middle, “effluent,” can safely leave the tank through the outlet. It usually flows into a leach field, or an area filled with rocks and gravel, which lets the water soak back into the earth where any matter that remains in it is naturally handled by bacteria in the soil.
Over time, the sludge builds up and septic pumping must be done to remove it. If it remains and is allowed to continue to grow, it tends to try to exit via the outlet and it clogs up the pipes and the leach field. When new waste attempts to enter the tank, it has nowhere to go, and it flows back into the drains of the home.
How Often is Residential Septic Tank Pumping Necessary?
You want to avoid a backup by any means necessary. If it builds up to the point where you have a backup, cleaning all the pipes and repairing the damage can be expensive. Depending on how many people live in your home and how big the tank is, every 3-5 years is usually a good estimate. If you have a garbage disposal, a small tank, or a large family, you’ll want to do it more often.
The best septic tank repair is prevention, but even the most well cared for system will fail at some point. Whether the damage is due to age or something unexpected, a septic repair must be assessed and carried out quickly, yet with expert precision, before more serious damage can occur. That’s why our septic partners respond fast when they hear from our clients, and they make sure that a highly-trained technician is dispatched as soon as possible.
Common Septic Tank Repair Needs
Hands down, the most common septic tank repair issues come about because proper maintenance wasn’t carried out on a system. A typical residential system needs to be pumped every 3-5years, but it’s necessary to do it more often if the household has a lot of people or if the house has a garbage disposal. Commercial systems need to be pumped out every couple of months, as determined by your current schedule and the number of gallons pumped at your recent appointments. Failure to maintain a system can result in:
- Clogged lines
- An overflowing tank
- Sewage backups into the building
- Damage to the tank
- A clogged leach field/ drain field
Other Types of Septic System Repair
At the same time, age can make septic repair necessary as well. Residue can build up over time, which may result in a slow or sluggish leach field. An experienced technician can usually blast away the residue with high-pressure water aka hydro-jetting, which makes this a fairly easy fix. Invasive root systems, however, present an even more difficult challenge, as they invade pipes and tanks, requiring more extensive septic repair. Other types of septic system repair that you may face include:
- Replacing septic tank covers
- Repairing damaged lines
- Repairing cracks in the tank
Septic Tank Repair vs. New Septic System Installation
Septic systems are designed to last decades, and with proper care, can even serve generations. Of course, much of the longevity of a system also has to do with the type of material it is created from, as well as the surrounding soil and water. Oftentimes, a skilled technician can make repairs that will allow a system to provide many more years of service, but if the repairs are extensive, it may be more cost-effective to perform a new septic system installation. If this is the case, and you’re deciding between the two, our partner technicians at Atlanta Septic Tank Pros can give you the information you need to make an educated decision. If you choose to go with the new septic system installation, they can help with this as well.
When something goes wrong with a system, it’s often septic field repair that needs to be done. Sometimes referred to as a leach field or drain field, this portion of your system is responsible for managing the wastewater (effluent) that comes out of the system. It makes sure that the effluent gets absorbed into the soil. The drainfield is buried under the ground, so it’s impossible to see exactly what’s happening with it without digging it up, but our experienced partner technician can often diagnose what part of the system is having issues, as well as whether it needs to be repaired or replaced, based on the symptoms it gives off.
What Necessitates Septic Field Repair
The drainfield is made up of numerous interconnected pipelines that carry the effluent and disperse it evenly into the soil via lots of tiny holes in the lines. If you take good care of your system by pumping the tank when it needs it and by not overloading the system with excess water, odds are you won’t experience an issue with the drainfield. However, sometimes you can experience an issue regardless of what you do, and issues may even be caused by poor design or installation. Some of the most common causes are outlined below:
Failure to Pump: When wastewater enters the tank, it separates into three layers. Things like fat and grease float to the top, and the solids sink to the bottom. Only the middle layer, the effluent, is supposed to leave the tank. The rest needs to be pumped out at regular intervals. If you don’t keep up with this, the layers get so thick that the solid waste and grease exits the tank and enters the drainfield, causing it to clog.
Overload: Your tank can only hold so much water at once, so if a lot of people add to it, the effluent may not have time to separate before it’s forced from the tank to the drainfield.
Breaks: Occasionally, a line will break due to excess weight placed on top of it or because of roots.
Biomat: The lines and soil will naturally develop a biomat, or a slimy layer of bacteria. This is ok. It makes sure that the effluent is dispersed slowly and helps remove pathogens from it. If a drainfield never dries out or the environment is out of balance, the layer of biomat can overtake the lines, causing them to stop draining.
Signs Septic Field Repair May Be Necessary
- Standing water over the drainfield
- Bubbling water over the drainfield
- Effluent backing up into the building
- Slow or sluggish draining throughout the building
- Toilets not being clear after a single flush
Septic Field Repair vs Replacement
If a single line is damaged or a component breaks, a simple repair will generally fix it. When multiple lines within the drainfield are overtaken, it may require a replacement. In any case, it’s important to have a technician come out right away if you experience any of the symptoms of a failing drainfield. These things tend to go south rather quickly, resulting in an unsanitary environment and needless damage being caused.