Finding the Best Residential Septic System Company in Santa Maria, CA
Let's face it, the only time we think about our residential septic system is when there are problems with it. Then those thoughts are nothing more than constant worry. There's no doubt that having a new residential septic system installed or repaired can quickly become very expensive, but it's something we can't live without in our homes. Much like we wouldn't live in our homes without a roof, we wouldn't live in our homes without a septic system. But there are steps we can take to help ensure we don't have worries or unnecessary septic tank repair cost troubling us.
The first step to worry-free times is having a quality septic system maintenance routine provided by an experienced and skill residential septic system contractor like Santa Maria, CA Residential Septic Systems. Although routine septic maintenance is very in-depth and will spot potential problems before they become expensive problems, routine maintenance only takes place annually. There is self-maintenance you can perform daily that will provide you the best chance for having little to no problems with your residential septic system.
However, just as with anything else, no maintenance routine is iron-clad against the inevitable. You might experience a system breakdown that will require a new residential septic system installation or you may want to improve your septic performance by having it upgraded. Choosing a qualified and experienced residential septic system installation company like Santa Maria, CA Residential Septic Systems, will give you the best chance possible to lessen the need for another new system installed or upgraded. Quality and experience will be broken-down into a simple 4 step system. When your chosen septic system contractor works in these steps, you'll have a better feeling that you chose the right company to do the job.
Soil Test for Septic or Perc Test
A high performing septic system design starts with a soil test for septic, better known as a percolation test. The test is measured through water being filled in 3 to 5 holes ranging from 6 to 8 feet in diameter and varying depths with the deepest measuring 12 feet, or until the water table is reached. By timing the rate of absorption in minutes per inch measurements, the technician will know your soils percolation rate, which is important in the designing of the system. A higher percolation rate results in a smaller area needed for the leach field. A slower percolation rate requires a larger area for the leach field design. Depth to the water table is also an important factor so no contamination of the groundwater supply happens.
The engineers will then begin designing the septic system by using this available data and develop a series of designs that will range within your chosen budget. When the engineers meet with you, they will offer their recommendations for the best septic sewer system that will still remain within your financial budget. No two properties are alike, so each property is handled independently. One design might work well on one location, but fail horribly at another location. For this reason, every property is handled and calculated like it's the only property.
Prior to installation, an experienced residential septic system contractor will meet with you and discuss every detail of the installation. Questions will be brought up and answered before any mishaps can occur. Every detail will be covered from which vegetation needs to be removed or replaced to when you are busy so they don't hinder your life-style. After all details are discussed, the installation then begins with as little disturbance to your property and life-style as possible.
An experienced and skilled contractor will take pride in their craft, regardless of the industry they are working in. Residential septic system contractors are no different and they have pride in the work they perform. To ensure their workmanship is as flawless as possible, they will provide a thorough routine maintenance plan to you after the installation is complete. They may even leave you a list of daily maintenance items you can do on your own.
How Do I Maintain My Home Septic System?
We mentioned earlier about how there are simple daily items you can perform to keep your Santa Maria residential septic system as worry-free as possible. Now we're going to dive into what you can do daily. Although some items might seem foreign to you right now, after some time, they will become second nature. They are all just part of being an owner of a residential septic system in Santa Maria, CA.
Flush Only Toilet Paper
Bacteria in your septic tank that provides the necessary treatment and breakdown of your sewage is very fragile. By only flushing toilet paper, you are keeping them alive and healthy. Other items like sanitary napkins, diaper wipes, and other “flushable” items will harm the bacteria. Flushing of items that are hard to breakdown will also force you to have more frequent septic tank pump outs due to the build up of solids at the bottom. Remind your visitors to only flush toilet paper by placing a sign in the bathroom that is within easy viewing. Explain on the sign how important it is to only flush toilet paper and nothing else. This little step will go a long way to the overall health of your septic sewer system.
Small Loads of Laundry
Spread your laundry out over the course of a week instead of waiting for “laundry day”. If a full weeks worth of laundry is done in a single day, your leach field will be under tremendous stress trying to treat and absorb of all the gallons of soapy water. Smaller loads daily is better not only for your leach field, but the bacteria that needs to breakdown the detergent water.
Keep Harsh Chemicals Away
We touched on it in the above tip with the soapy water reference, but keep all harsh chemicals out of your residential septic system. The harsh chemicals found in most cleaners will kill the bacteria in your system. This includes clog-removers and anything designed to “open clogged pipes”.
Don't Drive or Park on Leach Field
Heavy vehicles and tractors will crush your leach field pipes and drain field chambers. Never allow any vehicle heavier than a riding lawn mower to cross over it. Be very strict on this tip as leach fields are expensive to repair or replace and can cause major disruption in your daily life-style.
Keep Leach Field Plant Free
Aside from grass, don't allow anything else to grow or be planted above the leach field. Grass roots are shallow and won't reach the piping or drain field chambers. Other vegetation have longer root systems that will wrap itself around the pipes and drain field chambers. Once roots are allowed to wrap themselves around these, either a clog or a crushed pipe or chamber will be the result. Either way, you're looking at an unnecessary leach field repair expense.
Your Santa Maria, CA residential septic system contractor may have other site specific recommendations for you. These are only a few general recommendations to get started with. Follow any and all recommendations the contractor may have for your particular residential septic system.
How Do I Repair My Residential Septic System?
Besides using a pipe-snake to clear a clog in your sewer main, any other repairs need to be made by a professional residential septic system contractor. There are hazardous bacteria in your septic system that could severely injure you. It's best to leave any residential septic system repairs to the experts like Santa Maria Residential Septic Systems. Although there aren't any repairs you can make safely on your own, knowing when to call in the specialist is a good start.
Swelled up ground above the leach field where it was normally flat
Pungent sewage smell
Sunken area around the septic tank
Sewage backing up
Sunken area around the leach field
Standing water in the leach field area
Slow or no draining of wastewater anywhere in the residence
Bubbles coming from the leach field area
When you notice any of the above, or anything else out of the ordinary, call on Santa Maria, CA Residential Septic Systems. We have the experience and knowledge to correct the issue and get your residential septic system flowing again.
I'm concerned that I'm using too harsh of a dish soap. Is Dawn dish soap safe for septic systems?
Yes. Any surfactants are easily biodegradable and that's the reason Dawn dish soap is used to clean oil off of animals and rocks. Dawn breaks down easily by the bacteria and doesn't harm anything within your septic system.
During a septic tank pump out, do they just drop a hose in the septic tank and empty it?
The short answer is no. A thorough interior inspection is performed of the septic tank along with bacteria count and overall fluid levels. Other items are noted such as leach field appearance and drain performance inside the home.
I prefer to use an anti-bacterial hand soap. Does this hurt my septic tank?
Yes, but that doesn't mean you have to stop using anti-bacteria soap of any kind. Yes, the soap will kill the bacteria inside your tank, reducing the treatment process, but you can add healthy bacteria back into it. By pouring any on-the-shelf bacteria additive, your bacterial count will go up and you'll be back to normal levels. Depending on how often you use anti-bacterial soap, you should add bacteria additive once every month or two to keep levels high.