In this article we will provide you with tips to keep your septic system in good working condition and essential information regarding septic systems.

Whether you are a new homeowner with a septic system or you’ve had one for years, it is important to understand how it works and how to properly maintain it.

Understanding Your Septic System

  • A septic system is an underground wastewater treatment system commonly used in rural and suburban areas.
  • It consists of a septic tank and a drainfield (also known as leach field or absorption field).
  • The septic tank is designed to separate solid waste from wastewater, allowing bacteria to break down the solids.
  • The treated wastewater then flows into the drainfield, where it is further treated by the soil before entering the groundwater.

For more details visit our home page and read the section Understanding a Septic System

Septic System Maintenance

Regular Septic Maintenance

  • Regular maintenance is crucial to ensure your septic system functions properly and lasts for many years.
  • Have your septic tank pumped every 3-5 years or as recommended by a professional. This prevents solids from building up and clogging the system.
  • Avoid flushing non-biodegradable items such as wipes, feminine products, or paper towels, as they can cause blockages and damage your system.
  • Be mindful of what goes down the drains and toilets. Avoid pouring grease, oils, chemicals, or excessive amounts of cleaning products into the system, as they can disrupt the natural treatment process.

Signs of Potential Issues With Your Septic System

  • Familiarize yourself with the signs of a failing septic system to address problems promptly. These signs may include slow draining sinks or toilets, gurgling sounds, foul odors, or standing water around the drain field.
  • If you notice any of these signs, it is crucial to contact a professional septic system service provider to assess and repair the issue.
Planting Trees near septic system

Landscaping and Septic Systems

  • Be cautious when landscaping around your septic system. Avoid planting trees or shrubs with deep roots near the drainfield, as they can penetrate the system and cause damage.
  • Ensure proper grading and drainage to prevent excess water from accumulating around the septic tank or drainfield.

Professional Septic Inspections

  • Schedule regular septic inspections by a professional septic system service provider to detect any issues early on.
  • A professional can assess the condition of your septic system, identify potential problems, and provide recommendations for maintenance or repairs.

Remember, a well-maintained septic system can save you money, time, and frustration.  We hope you will use these tips to keep your septic system in good working condition.

At Herring Septic Service, we are not just a septic tank pumping company, we are a full service septic system company. That means we can handle anything from tank pumping, to drain filed installation and repairs, to septic maintenance and inspections. We like to keep our clients informed of the work we do on their system. Read some of our Google reviews below from existing clients.

They came out the day after I called and were able to clean out our septic tank, they were professional and explained everything step by step. Would definitely recommend them to anyone needing this type of service.
Victor was knowledgeable and explained how to treat our system in between services, we are very happy and will use them as our service provider going forward.

Had the absolute best experience with this company. After struggling with another company to come out and drain my septic tank. I was recommended to this company. Victor, Lewis, and Craig went above and beyond to fix my problem. Little did I know I had a big tree sitting on top of my tank. They did not give up on my situation and made it happen. The entire process they were very comical towards each other, and i could tell they enjoyed working together. Craig, Victor, and Lewis were also very informative and on top of communicating with me. Hands down best service, and the price wasn’t too steep for all the hard work they did today.

I called Herring this morning about an issue with my septic alarm. He told me over the phone what the problem sounded like. I texted my name and address to get on the list for them to pump and inspect my system to see why the alarm was going off. He told me that they would be here today and would call an hour before they came. Victor called and he and Darrell were at my house much earlier than I expected to be contacted. That was awesome because I needed to do laundry and dishes but was scared of that stupid alarm going off again!! Those two were professional and friendly from the minute they got out of the truck. Victor told me what he thought the problem with the alarm might be and when he got the lid off of the tank, he had been 100% correct. My husband and I both stayed outside and chatted with them. They communicated everything that they were doing and what they were seeing and what the problem was. Luckily, it was an extremely easy fix. We discussed two other projects that we were considering doing and will DEFINITELY be calling Herring septic when we are ready to begin those projects. I hope that it is Victor and Darrell that come back when we do. We could not have asked for a more friendly, respectful and professional couple of guys!! I cannot recommend them enough and will tell everyone I know that needs septic work done to call them FIRST!! I will not be calling anyone else.

Let us handle the mess!

From start to finish, Herring Septic Service will make sure your flushes go where they should. Contact us today! (229) 356-1786