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Working from Home and the Impact on Your Septic Tank

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With so many Georgia residents switching to working from home, furlough and kids off school, septic tanks are showing the strain. There are roughly 1.5 million septic tanks in active use in the state. Unfortunately, many of these systems were already reaching end-of-life before the pandemic struck.

More people spending time at home will understandably put pressure on an aging septic tank. However, even newer systems may need a revised maintenance schedule. If a septic tank fails or suffers damage, it can result in raw sewage backing up – or worse, finding its way into public waterways and drinking water.

Additional Water Use

It goes without saying that those additional eight hours a day spent at home will result in increased water usage. From preparing drinks and meals to washing up and showering, your septic tank will have to deal with the additional usage. At an estimate, each person in your home could contribute an additional 80-100 gallons of water per day.

What is more worrying is that the chemicals and cleaning products used in these activities can upset the balance of helpful bacteria in your septic tank. These bacteria are an essential feature in the processes that break down waste and debris. Additional chemicals and water could therefore result in a buildup of sludge and other materials, forcing the working parts of your septic tank to work harder and potentially fail.

Wastewater & Water Quality

The last thing the state of Georgia needs is a failing septic tank crisis. The consequences of a dramatic increase in home waste management systems no longer working could become catastrophic. Serious issues could range from the spread of viruses and other pathogens to the pollution of drinking water. There are several scenarios that are avoidable with proactive maintenance or the replacement of older systems.

Homeowners and businesses in northern Georgia can do their part by calling Septic Service Pro to arrange an inspection. We are committed to ensuring our customers never experience a septic tank disaster. Reach out today to learn more about how we can help keep your system functioning smoothly.

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

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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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Cumming Office

562 Lakeland Plaza, Suite 202
Cumming, GA 30040

(678) 899-6457

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6295 Holly Court
Buford, GA 30518

(678) 899-6457

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