Septic Cleaning and Pumping Service

Keeping Your Septic Field Healthy

Having your septic tank cleaned by Janette and Sons on a regular basis is essential to your septic fields proper operation. It is the only way to remove sludge and greases before they can harm your septic field.

Cleaning is necessary every 2-3 years. If you have a garbage disposal or four or more people we recommend more periodic maintenance.

Cleaning the tank involves the use of a vacuum tank truck. Our certified technician stretches the hose from the truck and vacuums the contents of the tank out.

As part of our cleaning service our technician will examine the tank level and baffles. There are many different styles of tanks and components in which our friendly technicians are trained to evaluate each system.

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Septic Systems DOs and DON'Ts

DOs

  • Do spread clothes washer use over the week rather than many loads in one day.
  • Do make a permanent record of where the key parts of your system are located for future maintenance, such as tank pump outs or field repairs.
  • Do have your septic tank pumped out every 2 to 3 years.
  • Do keep the records of pump outs and maintenance.
  • Do use water-conserving devices where possible. Low flush toilets and shower heads are commonly available.
  • Do have manually cleaned lint traps in your washer.
  • Do remove or prevent trees with large root systems growing near the disposal field.
  • Do check any pumps, siphons, or other moving parts of your system regularly.
  • Do maintain a healthy grass cover over the disposal field to use some of the water and to prevent erosion.
  • Do keep surface water from upslope or from roof drains away from the disposal field.
  • Do compost your kitchen waste. A garbage disposal should be installed only when the septic tank is oversized, and the tank will need to be pumped more often.
  • Do call Janette and Sons for all your septic needs, including pump out and maintenance.

DON'Ts

  • Don't overload the system with high volumes of water. Don't connect basement sump pumps to the on-site system. Don't connect backwash from water treatment devices directly to the on-site system without professional advice. Don't allow large amounts of fats, chemicals, or solvents to enter the system. Don't allow any plastics to enter.
  • Don't use any septic tank additives. They are not beneficial and may damage your disposal system. Active bacteria are naturally present in sewage. Even with additives, regular pumping of solids is still required.
  • Don't enter a septic tank without proper ventilation. A second person is required to be present aboveground and other requirements by law are met for confined spaces. Sewer gases can be fatal.
  • Don't allow vehicles or heavy equipment to drive over or park on the disposal field. This may compact the soil and crush the piping.
  • Don't plant anything over the disposal field except grass. Especially do not cover the tank or field with asphalt or concrete or other impermeable material.
  • Don't put in a separate pipe to carry wash waters to a side ditch or woods. These “greywaters” also contain disease carrying organisms.
  • Don't discharge water softener into Septic Field.
  • Above all else Do Not wait for signs of failure. Check the system regularly.
  • Don't flush the following items into your septic system:  Coffee Grounds, Disposable diapers, sanitary napkins, Baby wipes, cigarette butts, fats, grease and oils, disinfectants, photographic chemicals, dental floss, kitty litter, tampons, condoms, paper towels, pesticides, other chemical wastes, paints, varnishes, waste oils, poisons, thinners, pills & unused medication. NOTE:  Just because items are advertised as flushable, they really are not safe for your septic system.