FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
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Q: Can I have a day that I do all of the laundry in my house?
A: No! Spread your laundry loads out over the week. Excessive water discharge into the septic system is known as "HydraulicOverload" and is the number one killer of drainfields. However, Choose one day a week for all bleach loads. One cup of bleach to a 1000 gal tank kills 80% of the beneficial bacteria for up to 72 hours, so doing all the bleaching at once gives the tank its needed recovery time
 
Q: What key does a toilet flush in?
A: Most toilets flush in the Key of E flat. Thank you for asking.
 
Q: Can I pour grease down my sink?
A: Do not pour the following into any sink: Grease, fats, and oils, or pesticides, herbicides or any other toxins such as paints, household chemicals or automobile fluids. Including, excessive citrus products (oranges, lemons, grapefruits, etc.)
 
Q: What else can’t I flush?!
A: Non-biodegradable items such as: cigarette butts, disposable diapers, baby wipes, the new toilet cleaning wipes, feminine hygiene products, condoms, hair, coffee grounds, rags, paper towels, bandages, etc.
 
Q: What about fabric softener?
A: DO NOT USE Downy and Snuggle water softeners, "point of delivery" water softeners (saline added) clog drain lines and baffles inhibiting the effluent flow. USE FABRIC SOFTENER DRYER SHEETS INSTEAD OF LIQUIDS IN THE WASHER
 
Q: How often should my septic tank be pumped?
A: It depends on the amount of people living in the house and the age of the house but a great rule of thumb is every 3 years.
 
Q: Can I install my own septic system?
A: NO! In the state of Washington, it is only legal for licensed installers to install septic systems. Nice try though.
 
Q: How much time in advance should I call before you’re able to help me?
A: We are in the emergency service business. Usually, we are able to make it out to your property same day or next day. If it is an emergency, the job becomes high priority.
 
HOW YOUR SEPTIC SYSTEM WORKS TWO COMPARTMENT STANDARD SEPTIC TANK
A Septic tank is simply a big concrete or steel tank that is buried in the yard. The tank might hold 500-1200 gallons of water. Wastewater flows into the tank at one end and leaves the tank at the other. There are three layers within the tank. Anything that floats rises to the top and forms a layer known as the scum layer. Anything heavier than water sinks to form the sludge layer. In the middle is a fairly clear water layer. This body of water contains bacteria and chemicals like nitrogen and phosphorous that act as fertilizers, but it is largely free of solids. It is important to maintain your system regularly to keep the second chamber and Drainfield free of solids.

A septic tank naturally produces gases (caused by bacteria breaking down the organic material in the wastewater), and these gases don't smell good. Sinks therefore have loops of pipe called P-traps that hold water in the lower loop and block the gases from flowing back into the house. The gases flow up a vent pipe instead -- if you look at the roof of any house, you will see one or more vent pipes poking through.

As new water enters the tank, it displaces the water that's already there. This water flows out of the septic tank and into a drain field. A drain field is made of perforated pipes buried in trenches filled with gravel.