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Septic Tank 101: Everything You Ever Wanted to Ask

Septic tanks are a mystery to most people, as few of us think about where our wastewater goes once it's down the drain. For homeowners considering a septic system, or who currently have a septic system, these are a few questions plumbing contractors frequently answer regarding septic tanks.

Septic Tank

  • What is a septic tank? A septic tank is an on-site sewage treatment and disposal system that's buried in the ground. They're typically found in rural areas where connection to sewer systems is not available. Septic tanks take waste water and separate solid matter from it, which settles at the bottom of the septic tank. Water is returned to the soil around the septic tank. Over time, these systems can become full or develop problems that result in polluted water escaping into the environment or sewage backing up into the house, making septic tank maintenance important.
  • How long do septic tanks last? If properly maintained, septic tanks can last between 25 and 35 years.
  • How often should I have my septic system pumped? In general, you should have your tank pumped every three to five years to ensure optimum function.
  • Is it okay to plant a vegetable garden or shrubs over the area where the septic tank is buried? No. you do not want anything other than grass or dirt within 30 feet of where the septic tank is buried. Tree roots can clog soil pipes. If you water a vegetable garden or shrubs planted over a drain field, it can result in excess water in the soil, which compromises its ability to treat wastewater.
  • How can I tell if my septic system is failing or needs pumped? Some signs of a failing or full septic system include sinks and toilets backing up, slow draining toilets and drains, a wet area near where the tank is buried, or an odor of sewage in the house.

A-1 Sewer & Septic Service is a 24-hour plumbing contractor serving Kansas City, MO; Kansas City, KS; and Johnson County. With years of experience and a well-trained staff, A-1 Sewer & Septic Service can handle any septic tank or plumbing-related job, large or small.

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A-1 Sewer & Septic Service Inc. - Kansas City Plumber
Located at 6370 Carter Street Shawnee, KS 66203. View Map
Phone: (913) 631-5201
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