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Tips for New Septic Tank Owners

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Moving is an exciting time. Whether you are relocating for a new job out of state, “upgrading” from a starter home to a bigger house for your growing family, or downsizing as empty-nesters, moving can bring about many changes. If you are moving from a home on a sewer system to a home with a septic system, there are a few key differences that you need to be aware of.

Here are some basic guidelines to become familiar with if you are new to septic tank ownership:

  1.  You are responsible for your septic tank. Homeowners are the sole responsible party for maintaining and repairing a septic system. You need to become familiar with where your septic tank is located, when (if ever) it was pumped last, how large the tank is, and what a good maintenance schedule looks like.
  2.  Septic tank pumping is non-negotiable. While you may not want to spend the money to have your septic tank pumped every few years, it is something that must be done. Septic pumping involves removing the wastes that cannot dissolve inside the septic tank. Over time, a solid layer of scum and sludge will build up and will lead to septic failure if it is ignored – talk about a stinky mess! In general, septic tanks should be pumped every 3 to 5 years.
  3.  Septic tank cleaning is not the same as septic tank pumping. Not all septic companies take the extra step to clean your septic tank after pumping the waste out. Make sure you ask about septic tank cleaning to keep your tank working properly longer.
  4.  Septic tank inspections are important.A septic inspection can save homeowners a lot of money and even more hassle. During a septic tank inspection, we will check for sewage leak out and odors and evaluate your septic system’s drain field lines to ensure they are working to absorb wastewater.
  5.  Be mindful of what you flush and put down the drain.There are certain “rules” to follow when you are on a septic system. Nothing other than “septic safe” toilet paper and wastes should ever be flushed down the toilets. You must refrain from putting harsh chemicals and oils into the drains, as these can disrupt the healthy pH balance in the septic tank. Septic tanks are designed to work independently for years at a time, but without proper care, they will not be able to do their job.

At Septic Service Pro, we are your source for septic repair, installation, pumping, and maintenance service. Contact us today for a FREE estimate.

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Cumming Office

562 Lakeland Plaza, Suite 202
Cumming, GA 30040

Buford Office

6295 Holly Court
Buford, GA 30518

Phone: (678) 899-6457

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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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562 Lakeland Plaza, Suite 202
Cumming, GA 30040

(678) 899-6457

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