Residential Septic Services
When you are having trouble with your septic system, whether it’s pumping or maintenance, Sierra Pumping Service provides high-quality service and expert help with residential septic systems.
Since 1985, we’ve helped homeowners with septic cleaning, septic maintenance, and other septic systems services. This helps you avoid many expensive repairs that come from neglecting to properly maintain your septic system. Whether it’s general septic system mai
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is a septic system?
How often should I have my system cleaned?
How often should I pump out my septic tank?
How do septic systems work?
After sludge and scum leave your home, they flow through a drainage pipe into your septic tank. In residential septic systems, septic tanks are usually buried in water-proof containers made of either polyethylene, fiberglass, or concrete.
Once the wastewater reaches your tank, solids settle at the bottom while grease and oil float to the top. Septic tanks are divided into compartments to prevent sludge from escaping the tank.
Liquid waste (known as effluent) drains into a special area known as a septic drain field. Residential drain fields are usually installed underground and surrounded by soil. Subsurface drain fields hold wastewater until it can seep into the surrounding soil and be filtered and broken down by microbes in the soil.
What are some common problems with septic systems?
Some common problems with septic tanks include:
- Broken pipes
- Clogs in the tank, drain, or pipes
- A contaminated drain field
- An overflowing septic tank
What are some general tips for maintaining my septic tank?
While it’s best to hire a professional for complex septic tank repairs, here are some general septic maintenance tips:
- Follow a septic tank pumping schedule, typically between 3-5 years.
- Perform annual septic inspections to ensure your septic system is working
- Avoid overloading your drain field
- Keep non-flushable items like diapers, tampons, food, and hair out of your septic pipes.
How long does it take to complete a septic system inspection?
Most septic inspections are completed within 3 hours. A typical septic inspection can take between 45 minutes and 3 hours. This timeframe can vary depending on the complexity of your septic system and the inspector’s findings throughout the inspection.
Do I need to be with the inspector during a septic inspection?
It’s not required, but it’s a good idea. You’ll need to let the inspector inside your home. Being present during the septic inspection can help you understand what your system looks like, for future reference.