FAQ

Here are some of our frequently asked questions. If you
have a question that you do not see on the list, please feel
free to contact us.

What things are not septic safe?

Toilet paper that does not say septic safe on the package is not septic safe. It will result in the paper not decomposing and the tank will fill up much faster, resulting in premature maintenance intervals. No baby wipes or female products. No grease. If your softener can be plumbed around the tank and into the pipe going to the leach field the bacteria in the tank that breaks down the solids and paper will live longer and create longer intervals between cleanings.

Will additives help my system?

Yes, I have seen first hand. However if not used monthly this greatly decreases its function. If you are on any medications or use a lot of bleach or other cleaning chemicals bacteria enhancement is needed to rebuild the bacteria killed by the chemicals and medications. There isn’t one on the market that can make a failing system pass inspection.

How does a conventional septic system work?

Conventional septic systems are the most common type of septic system. The others are innovative/alternative or aeration. A conventional system includes a septic tank, distribution box, and/or a soil absorption system (SAS) or leach field. The septic tank separates the solid and liquid wastes and the SAS provides additional treatment before distributing the waste water to the ground.

Why are failing septic systems harmful?

Inadequately treated waste water can transfer diseases such as dysentery, hepatitis, and typhoid fever to animals and humans. Failing systems also leak excessive nutrients and bacteria to rivers, lakes, and the ocean, destroying plant and animal habitats, closing beaches, and hurting the fishing industry.

How do I know if my system is having problems?

Some clues:

– Muddy soil or pools of waste water around your septic tank or soil absorption system.

– Sewage smells around your system or inside your house.

– Backups when you do laundry, take showers, or flush the toilet.

Call Redbud if you notice any of these symptoms. Additional details on septic system maintenance are also available.

Do I really save money by maintaining my system?

Yes. Pumping your system costs between $190 and $250, and an inspection could cost $200-$400. Replacing a system could cost up to $15,000 in a residential application and $40,000 in a light commercial application that would still use a septic system.

What are the most important things to do to take care of my system?

Pump your system at least every 3 years (annually if you have a garbage disposal). Conserve water. Don’t dump non-biodegradables or trash down your toilet or sink. See this list of do’s and don’t’s.

How often should I pump?

Every 3-5 years, and 2-4 years if you have a garbage disposal. Give us a call or email if you would like to be put on our pumping schedule.

What are the regulations governing the disposal of paint and paint wastes into a septic system?

Only sanitary sewage is allowed to be discharged to septic systems. Paint and paint wastes should not be put into them because they can adversely affect their operation and may cause groundwater contamination.

Certain paint wastes may be hazardous and require special handling and disposal. Other paint wastes may be disposed of at local refuse disposal facilities. For additional information contact your local Department of Public Health.