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Septic Service FAQ’S

When it comes to your septic system let the experts at All Treasure Valley Septic Service help you get the septic care you need. You can trust our years of experience in the field as a family owned and operated business. We will help you get the best service in the area at reasonable prices. Your septic system can be confusing, here are some frequently asked questions and some information to help you make an informed decision to call us at 800-214-2925.

  1. How often should I pump my septic tank?

    The industry recommendation for pumping a septic tank is every 3-5 years for average use. See the chart below to help you determine your pumping frequency needs.

    Tank Size (Gal) Household Size
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
    Years Between Pumping
    500 6 3 2 1 .07 .04 .3 .2 .1
    750 9 4 3 2 1 1 .7 .6 .4 .3
    900 11 5 3 2 2 1 1 .8 .7 .5
    1000 12 6 4 3 2 2 1 1 .8 .7
    1250 16 8 5 3 3 2 2 1 1 1
    1500 19 9 6 4 3 3 2 2 2 1
    1750 22 11 7 5 4 3 3 2 2 2
    2000 25 12 8 6 5 4 3 3 2 2
    2250 29 14 9 7 5 4 4 3 3 2
    2500 30 16 10 8 6 5 4 4 3 3

    There are many things that can factor into these numbers as well. The number of people in the household relative to the size of the tank makes a big difference as well as the amount of solids in the wastewater. (e.g. garbage disposals)

  2. What are the signs that I may need my Septic System looked at?
    • The septic tank smells inside buildings
    • Gurgling sounds when flushing your toilets or slow running drains
    • Actual septic sewage backups from toilets or other plumbing inside buildings
    • Septic tank gas smell above tank cover, lid or risers
    • With mound septic systems there may be pump alarms or above ground septic wet spots
  3. What can cause these back ups and how can I help prevent them?
    • Back ups can be caused by sludge and other solids that build up and are not pumped on a regular schedule.
    • Broken drain lines or broken septic tank baffles
    • Tree roots getting into small areas in and around the septic tank cover
    • Septic Filter clogging from not having it properly cleaned on a regular basis
    • Grease capping from to much grease entering the septic system
    • Broken drainfield piping or compacted soil
    • Clogged drainfield from tree roots
    • Old tank designs and improper location of the drainfield
    • The best ways to prevent them is to have your septic system checked regularly and maintain adequate levels of bacteria and septic enzymes.

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