Indoor plumbing is quite possibly the most underrated invention of all time—no one appreciates it until it fails—and in many locations, indoor plumbing isn't possible without a septic tank. This unsung hero of your home requires proper installation and maintenance to keep doing its duty. Failure, in either case, can result in backed-up plumbing, hygiene issues, and serious inconvenience.
That’s why at Go Green Express Home Services, we provide property owners in Newburgh, NY, with a wide range of septic tank plumbing services, including installation, maintenance, repairs, and more.
Our qualified team is here to help with all your residential plumbing needs. There’s a reason we’re among the best septic tank pumping companies in Newburgh.
Common Causes of Septic Tank Problems
All water and waste from your toilets, sinks, and tubs flow to your septic tank, which is a watertight container that stores solids and allows wastewater to flow into a drain field. Solids in the tank should be broken down by bacteria. The most common causes of system failures include:
- Compacted soil or piping defects in the drain field.
- Blockages in the drain field.
- Lacking bacteria and enzymes inside the tank (often from bleach use).
- Tank-size incompatibilities (the tank is too small for the household’s usage).
- Crack or failing tanks.
Our qualified team can handle all the above, as well as offer routine maintenance to catch problems before they can become major issues.
How Do You Maintain a Septic Tank?
It’s highly recommended you avoid the use of bleach-based cleaners and add beneficial bacteria to your tank either monthly or quarterly, depending on your usage level. Maintaining a healthy bacteria colony in your tank is one of the best ways to reduce the need for pumping and avoid problems.
How often your tank will need to be pumped will also depend on your usage level. We recommend scheduling service when the water level reaches one-third of the total volume, which for many homeowners, is around once a year.
In some cases, you may need a new septic system installation or repair. Contact us for an assessment if you notice any of the following:
- Frequent issues with your toilet
- Unpleasant odors
- Standing water in the drain field
- Backed-up water in your plumbing
- Gurgling sounds in your piping
- Slow drains
If your septic is not the problem, it may be in the pipes. We offer trenchless line repair and replacement and can help with that too!
How to Prevent Septic System Issues
In addition to supplementing the bacteria in your tank, you can prevent the need for a septic system replacement or repair in a number of ways:
- Schedule yearly professional inspections.
- Don’t connect your garbage disposal to your septic system.
- Avoid heavy use of antibacterial cleaners (such as bleach).
- Remove all trees and shrubs from the septic system area.
- When planning your septic tank installation, ensure that water from drains and roof gutters flow away from your system.
- Don’t dispose of grease or other solid materials (including feminine hygiene products) through your sink or toilet.