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Pumping your septic tank system is probably the single most important thing you can do to protect your system.

Pumping or cleaning your septic tank on a regular basis is best thing you can do for your septic system. Over time, the sludge will build up in the bottom of the septic tank. If the sludge is allowed to accumulate it will eventually flow into the leaching bed and rapidly clog the distribution pipes. Once the pipes become clogged, the wastewater will either seep to the surface of the ground, or worse yet, back up into your house. Not only can a clogged septic system be hazardous to the environment and to your family's health, it also represents a very expensive septic repair bill.
Septic tanks require pump-outs when the solids that accumulate in the tank begin to reach the tank's storage capacity.

If you need a new septic system installed, or need repairs or a pump-out of your existing system, please call Pence Septic Systems at (321) 723-6107 or (321) 723-6154 Our experienced staff members will help you with all the details.

Before Pumping - Note the liquid level of the tank in relation to the tank's outlet pipe. A liquid level below the outlet pipe usually indicates a tank leak. A liquid level above the outlet pipe can indicate a problem with the pipe to the drainfield or the drainfield itself.

Pumping - Pump the tank from the end lids or manhole. Pumping from inspection ports may damage tees and baffles and may result in a less than complete pumpout. Watch for backflow from the tank outlet pipe. Significant backflow indicates a drainfield issue.

After Pumping - Clean filters if needed. Check the empty tank and note any signs of structural damage such as an open weep hole, leaking midseam, damaged baffles, or cracks. Leave site in a sanitary condition.

Following these simple rules will help prevent damage to your septic system

Conserve water to reduce the amount of wastewater that must be treated and disposed of by your system. Doing laundry over several days will put less stress on your system.

Repair any leaking faucets or toilets. To detect toilet leaks, add several drops of food dye to the toilet tank and see if dye ends up in the bowl.

Divert down spouts and other surface water away from your tank and drainfield. Excessive water keeps the soil from adequately cleansing the wastewater.

Have your septic tank inspected and pumped regularly by a licensed septic tank contractor. Suggested frequency is 3-5 years.

Keep your septic tank cover accessible for inspections and pumpings. Install risers with lids if necessary.

Call a registered septic tank contractor whenever you experience problems with your system, of if there are any signs of system failure.

Keep a detailed record of repairs, pumping, inspections, and other maintenance activities. Pass these on to the next homeowner.

Pumping your septic tank system is probably the single most important thing you can do to protect your system. If the buildup of solids in the tank becomes too high and solids move to the drainfield, this could clog and strain the system to the point where a new drainfield will be needed.

Don't drive over your tank & drainfield or compact the soil in any way.

Don't dig around the tank or drainfield, or build anything over it, and don't cover it with hard surface such as concrete or asphalt.

Don't plant anything around or near the drainfield except grass. Roots from nearby trees and shrubs may clog and damage the drain lines.

Don't use a garbage disposal, or at least limit its usage. Disposals increase solids loadings to your tank by about 50%, so you have to pump your tank more often than normally suggested.

Don't use your toilet as a trash can or poison your system and the groundwater by pouring harmful chemicals and cleansers down the drain. Harsh chemicals can kill bacteria that help purify your wastewater.

Don't waste money on septic tank additives. The bacteria needed to treat wastewater is naturally present in sewage. Additives can resuspend solids causing your drainfield to clog. Additives do not eliminate the need for routine pumping of your tank.

Don't allow backwash from home water softeners to enter the septic system.

Never enter a septic tank-- toxic gases from the tank can kill. If your system develops problems, get advice from your licensed septic tank contractor.
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