FAQ

 

FAQ's about Septic Systems
Q. Do I need a septic system?
A. If you live in an area that does not have city sewer than YES you will need a septic system or other state approved sewage disposal system such as a holding tank.
 
 
Q. What is a Septic System?
A. A Septic System is a system which can effectively manage household sewage and other organic wastes.
 
 
Q. What is a Septic Tank for?
A1. Settling and Seperation. As sewage and waste enters the septic tank, the solids sink to the bottom of the tank the grease, fats and oils rise to the surface. The area in the middle of the tank is where "clear" fluid is and leaves the tank to go to the leach field.
A2. Bacteria. There is "good" bacteria in the septic tank. This bacteria breaks down the solids in the septic tank to sludge.
 
 

Q. How often should I have my septic system pumped?
A. You should pump your tank at least every two to three years. In some cases it should pumped out once a year.
 
 
Q. How can I tell if my system has failed or is in the process of failing?
A. some signs of failure are are liquid surfacing in yard, Strong or bad odors, Slow flushing, or Over flow at washing machine hookup, shower or toilet.
 
 
Q. I had a garbage disposal in my old house can I put one in this system?
A. I strongly recommend NO, not with a septic system. It can shorten the life of the system and certain steps should be put in place in order for a disposal to be installed for use with a septic system.
 
 
Q. What can I do to make my septic system last longer?
The number one factor that anyone can do is proper use of the system. A good rule to use if it hasn't gone through your body first (excluding toilet paper) it shouldn't be flushed down the toilet or put down the drain.
A. Minimize or eliminate use of sink 'disposal' units, don't use water softeners, don't install structures on top of the system, and don't do lots of water or laundry in one day; spread it out throught the week. A good rule for washing machine usage for a septic system is no more than 3 loads a day.
 
 
Q. I don't live near any main roads, do i have to get a permit for a design or an install?
A. YES! you need a permit no matter where you live in NH and in some areas you need additional permits.