Septic Tank FAQ
Get Answers to Common Questions About Septic Tanks
Septic tanks are different from municipal sewer systems in many ways. When an issue arises, you may not know what’s happening or what to do. Boggero’s Septic Tank has the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about septic systems — and of course, we’re always here to take your call for cleaning, repairs, and other services in the Greenwood, SC area.
How do I know where my septic tank is located?
Our technicians will locate your septic tank by evaluating the layout of your house and land. They’ll use probe rods to confirm the exact location of your tank. Once the technicians find the lid of the tank, they’ll be able to determine the dimensions of the tank and will be able to open the lid without digging up large portions of your yard.
How often should I have my septic tank inspected? Am I required to do so?
At this time, South Carolina’s state laws do not require inspections on septic tanks that are already installed. You are only required to have an inspection when you install a new system. However, some cities and towns have their own requirements. Check with your local authorities to see if this is required in your area.
Why should I get a septic tank inspection if I don’t have to?
Getting a routine septic tank inspection is the best way to avoid any costly, unpleasant problems with your system. If you wait until you experience a problem, you could face inconveniences and unsanitary conditions. Let our technicians take a look and fix any issues before they become major hassles.
Can I call DHEC to inspect a septic tank?
The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) does not offer septic tank inspection services. To get your system inspected, you’ll need to call a licensed septic contractor like Boggero’s.
What about high-efficiency toilets? Are they better for my septic tank?
Did you know that toilets are one of the major sources of water usage in your home? High-efficiency toilets require less water to operate, making them more environmentally-friendly. But they may also be a smart choice for your septic system. Since high-efficiency toilets flush less water, they’re a good choice if your septic tank has been flooded with wastewater in the past.
- Call Boggero’s as soon as you suspect problems with your septic system
- Know where your septic tank and drainfield are located in your yard
- Inspect your septic tank every 3 to 5 years
- Prolong the life of your system by using as little water as possible and by routing runoff away from the area
- Maintain records of any service or repairs you’ve had done
- Flush inappropriate materials (including diapers, kitty litter, and grease) or chemicals (including paint, oil, and pesticides)
- Plant trees or shrubs on top of your septic system or dig in this area
- Park or drive a vehicle over your septic tank or drainfield
- Make repairs on your own instead of calling a professional septic contractor
- Install a garbage disposal without verifying that it will be okay for your septic tank
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