​How will a garbage disposal affect my septic system?

There are plenty of things the average person throws into their tank even though they shouldn't. Things to avoid are:

  • Fat/Grease/Oil
  • Cigarette Butts
  • Paper Towels/Napkins
  • Kitty Litter
  • Coffee Grinds
  • Condoms
  • ​Disposable Diapers

​If you only used these items a couple times it is not a big deal and will not affect you that much. Although, it will become a problem when you do it on a regular basis.

How often should I pump my septic tank?

A leach pit is a large gravel filled hole​ with a perforated tank in the center. It drains the sewage into the gravel and helps your septic tank stay in operating order. A leach pit is mainly used when a yard is too small for a leach field or when a leach field is not desired.

​A leach field is a trench dug in your yard, filled with gravel and a perforated pipe. This is what the wastewater flows into as your tank starts to fill up. It disperses water out of the perforations evenly to drain into the gravel.

What is a leach field?

​A septic tank is typically made out of concrete or plastic and is a self-contained underground wastewater system. This is where a household's sewage builds up before it drains into a leach field or leach pit.

What is a septic tank?


​Does anyone have to be home in order to have my tank pumped out?

No, your septic tank usually will last many years, but over time it starts to crack and fall apart. When your septic tank does stop working like it used to you can have it abandoned and replaced with a brand new one.

Yes, you should pump out your septic tank every 2-3 years in order to extend the life of your septic system. Having your tank maintained even when there is no problem is essential and will save you money in the long run.

If I'm having no problems with my tank should I still pump it out?

There is nothing you can add to your system to improve it, even though many companies claim to have made a product that will help your system. In reality, adding more bacteria or enzymes to your system is useless and potentially harmful. It can be harmful because it will break down your solids too much and make it easier for them to get into your leach field or pit. When this happens the solids will back up your tank sooner.

​What is a leach pit?

No, they will remove the majority of the solids and sludge. They tend to leave some water behind because it is holding important bacteria that will continue to eat away the solids that enter your tank.

How do I locate my septic tank?

Yes, especially if you aren't maintaining your system. If you do have wells or water bodies near you then it is important that you have your tank inspected more frequently. Untreated sewage can cause a serious health hazard.

You shouldn't excessively use your garbage disposal or dispose of too much grease into your drain. These will harm the operation of your tank. If using it is a necessity you should just schedule to have your tank pumped more frequently.

What should I do if there is a problem with my system?

​Every system is different and depends on a lot of different factors. Such as: the size of your system, the amount of people using your system, and how much water is used. Generally, you should maintenance your septic tank every 2-3 years. If you don't pump it out regularly then it can lead to serious problems.

​Will my septic tank last forever?

There are various ways to locate your septic tank. You should check your home records for the plotting of the septic tank. If you cannot find any record of it, then you can call us to locate it for you.

What shouldn't I put inside of my tank?

The main thing you can do to make your system last longer is to conserve water. You can do this by: taking short showers, not running the faucet while you are brushing your teeth or shaving, and repairing any leaky faucets or toilets. Also, you should avoid putting anything but toilet paper or human waste into your system.

How do I know if my septic system is failing?

​Can my leach field be repaired without being dug up?

​A riser is an installation of a heavy duty pipe that we would measure in order to bring your tank to ground level. People will generally get risers if they have deep tanks and don't want to pay for the digging fee next time. A riser will pay for itself the next time you call to have your septic tank pumped.

No,unless you have had risers installed the only way to see if a tank needs pumping is to dig it up and inspect it.

Can you tell if a tank needs pumping without digging it up?

You should call Pumping 4 Less to come out and assess the problem. We will be able to find the problem and give you options on how to repair it. The sooner you contact a professional the better, because waiting can lead to long-term damage of your system.

Should I add anything to my septic system in order to keep it working properly?

Will they pump everything out of my tank?

Yes, our company can provide sulfuric acid to pour into your leach field. The acid goes into the line and will eat any sludge or solids that are plugging it up. This will repair most leach lines without digging unless there is something physically wrong with it.

​No, our well-trained pumpers can locate and pump your tank. When they are finished we can call you and determine how you will pay.

Can my septic system contaminate my well, or nearby water bodies?

​What type of things can i do to make my septic system last longer?

​What is a riser on my septic tank?

There are a lot of signs that could show your system is failing.These signs include but are not limited to:

  • Plumbing backing up
  • Sewage odor in the house or yard
  • Slow draining sinks or toilets
  • ​Ground wet or soggy over tank or leach field

None of these signs can tell you for sure if your system is failing. If they do occur then it would be a good idea to have your system inspected, just to be safe.