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Safeguarding the Health of Your Septic Tank

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Septic tanks provide an efficient and straightforward waste management solution for your home or business. However, they are much more sensitive to damage than a citywide sewer system. In addition, repairing a septic tank can be expensive, so at Septic Service Pro, we recommend regular maintenance and due care and attention to what goes into your tank.

Liquid enters your septic tank from many different sources in the home. Sinks, bathtubs, bathrooms and laundry equipment all drain into the septic system. A delicate colony of bacteria within the tank breaks down any organic matter allowing it to be dispersed back into the environment.

You should not notice any bad smells emanating from the tank or drain field. However, some materials cannot be broken down and will gather in the tank as sludge. Septic Service Pro recommends that Georgia residents have their tank pumped every three to five years to remove this accumulated gunk.

What Can’t Go into a Septic Tank?

Your septic tank will struggle to process many kinds of organic and inorganic matter. As a result, blockages within the system lead to leaks, bad smells and costly repair bills. Items like diapers, paper towels, cigarette stubs, and sanitary products damage any sewer system, but the effects are much more devastating with a septic tank.

It is easy to forget that your kitchen sink drains into your septic tank. Grease, fats and frying oils add to the sludge and scum in the tank and may leak into and contaminate the surrounding area. Runoff from cooking should be disposed of with your other trash. Alternatively, a grease catch under your sink is a good safeguarding measure.

Septic tanks rely on bacterial cultures to break up flushed solids. Petrol, weed killer and other solvents are devastating to these organisms and prevent your tank from operating. Harsh chemicals should be disposed of properly and never put down the drain. Care should be taken when selecting toilet bowl cleaners, like bleach and acidic compounds kill the friendly bacteria. Choose an environmentally friendly cleaner instead.

Ultimately, only water, human waste and thin, specially formulated toiled paper should enter your septic tank. If you are concerned that your septic tank is not operating correctly or harmful materials have been introduced, contact Septic Service Pro in Georgia today.

Posted on Behalf of Septic Service Pro

Posted on Behalf of Septic Service Pro

Cumming Office

562 Lakeland Plaza, Suite 202
Cumming, GA 30040

Buford Office

6295 Holly Court
Buford, GA 30518

Phone: (678) 899-6457

Our Customer Reviews

Septic Service Pro


Based on 117 reviews

Jim is a true professional who worked with me over months to identify and correct septic field problems. His positive attitude and helpful discussion in resolving issues is the best I found.


Mike and Shane came out and did an outstanding job on replacing our septic pump. Same day service - and they came out on a Friday evening! Mother's day would not have been very happy if they didn't save the day. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!


We had our septic tank pumped and baffle tee replaced. The guys were on time, respectful and quick. They cleaned up very well after the job and even fluffed our pine straw to perfection!! We'd recommend these guys without hesitation.


Michael and Shane did an awesome job. Had to pump the septic,install a new baffle tee and tail out line. Very little yard displaced. Will definitely use Septic Service Pro again. Very pleased.


We live in Dawsonville. The crew that came out was very professional. The company owner explained to me the value and the many details about the septic that I did not know, that is why I chose them in the first place. Excellent service. R.McGary


Jim and his crew installed a new leech field for us quickly and professionally at a very reasonable cost. They handled all of the permitting and inspections and completed the work in a timely manner. Would recommend them to anyone.


Michael and assistant pointed out a leaking toilet that I didn't know I had (saved me $ there!). They also disturbed very little of the yard to get to the tank. Not the super cheapest but no hard upsell when they got here. Very pleased.


The team was efficient, friendly, knowledgeable and FAST to arrive. The bill was extremely reasonable for the work needed to be done. I would HIGHLY recommend Septic Service Pro.


These guys were amazing. Jim and Mike came when they said they would, did the job, explained everything they did. Very courteous,and professional. I am a handicapped person and felt extremely comfortable with them at my home. Thank you!!!!!


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Septic Service Pro Cumming, GA

Cumming Office

562 Lakeland Plaza, Suite 202
Cumming, GA 30040

(678) 899-6457

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Buford Office

6295 Holly Court
Buford, GA 30518

(678) 899-6457

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