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Septic Tank Pumping
EL DORADO COUNTY SEPTIC PUMPING
Getting your tank pumped out every few years is just a part of owning a property with a septic system. Put off for too long, the sludge and sediment levels in your tank get to the point where they interfere with your tank's proper operation. Best case scenario, you house becomes flooded, leaching fields and bad odors. The worse case scenarios include full back-ups and much more costly repairs. A.C. Septic Service makes pump-outs as quick and painless as possible.
A FEW COMMON SIGNS IT'S TIME TO GET YOUR SEPTIC SYSTEM PUMPED

We're honest folks and while this is our business, this is the same thing we would tell friends and family: Get your tank pumped every couple years. Think of it as preventative maintenance, just like changing the oil in your car. It helps keep all of the other pieces working well and can help prevent some very costly repairs. That said, we've compiled a few of the most common signs that you've been putting it off for too long.
SEWAGE BACKING UP

This is pretty obvious, but if you're seeing sewage backing up into your drains and/or water isn't draining as fast as it should even after plunging, there's a good chance your septic system is filled to capacity and should be pumped immediately. Obviously nobody wants sewage backing up into their home, but a backup also indicates that your system is at absolute capacity and not just full. This will often lead to serious repairs if not addressed immediately.
POOLING WATER IN YOUR LEACHING FIELD

Generally the most common sign, pooling water indicates that your tank is at or very near capacity. This isn't necessarily limited to your leaching field, but that is the most common place to see pooling water due to a full tank. When sludge and sediment get to levels that they start clogging drain field pipes, liquid cannot drain properly and starts to gather and rise to the surface of your leaching field. If you're seeing this, it's almost definitely time to get your septic system pumped.
YOU START SMELLING YOUR SEPTIC SYSTEM

Similar to pooling water, if you start to smell your septic system, it's probably a sign that it's time to get it pumped out. Working properly, your septic system should be discharging liquids into your leaching field significantly below ground level and at a rate which at which it can be easily absorbed into the earth. Working properly, this should prohibit any foul odors. If you ARE smelling it, it generally means that your near capacity and liquid waste is being forced to exit the system quicker than it should.
LEACHING FIELD GRASS APPEARS EXTRA HEALTHY

We all love some nice green grass, but if lawn is only seeing this very green grass over your drainage field, you're going to want to get your septic system looked at. Similar to smelling your system and seeing pooling water, generally very green grass over your leaching field means water levels are too high and indicates a septic failure of some sort. It could also indicate excess nitrates from sewage waste, also an indication that the system is not working properly.
NEW SEPTIC SYSTEM INSTALLATION

A.C. Septic Service is your El Dorado County expert at building your new septic system, from engineering to installation. Whether new construction or replacing a failed system, we provide, professional, honest, cost effective recommendations - working with you, the homeowner, to find the septic solution that makes sense for your unique property.
TYPES OF SYSTEMS

There are countless types and sizes of septic systems, but they generally are classified under 1 of 3 types - Standard Gravity, Pressure Distribution and Advanced Treatment systems. Which system makes sense for you comes down to a lot of different variables like size of property, slope, soil composition, budget and of course, state and county permitting requirements.
STANDARD GRAVITY SEPTIC SYSTEMS

As you would imagine, Standard Gravity Septic systems allow gravity to take waste to a septic tank where natural bacteria breaks down waste before being gravity fed into a series of underground trenches called a leaching field or drainfield. While often the most cost effective solution, basic gravity systems require the leaching field to be at a lower elevation than the septic tank and require the bottom of the leaching field trenches to be at least 3 feet above any restrictive layer such as hardpan or bedrock.
PRESSURE DISTRIBUTION SEPTIC SYSTEMS

Generally, pressure distribution systems work fairly similar to gravity fed systems, with the addition of pressure (via a pump or siphon) to help expel liquid waste through piping to force it to spread over a larger area. This often becomes necessary if property slope or soil composition constraints don't allow for a traditional gravity system.
ADVANCED TREATMENT SEPTIC SYSTEMS

Advanced Treatment systems are most often used when soil depths on a property don't allow traditional systems. Advanced Treatment systems come in many shapes, sizes and designs but effectively add the function of cleaning waste water before it is expelled into the ground - often in tandem with a pressure distributed leaching field. Some of the most common types are sand filtered systems, sand mound systems and Aerobic Treatment systems.
EL DORADO COUNTY SEPTIC REPAIRS

Our mission is to provide you with professional, cost effective solutions to your septic problems. Often, that's as simple as a septic pump-out. But there are a lot of pieces of a septic system that have to work together and sometimes it's just not that simple. From broken pipes to full leaching field failures, A.C. Septic Service will do everything we can to fix what's fixable.
CAN YOUR SEPTIC SYSTEM BE REPAIRED?

If you experience a septic backup or notice foul odors from your backyard, you've got something going on with your septic system and you will want to get it looked at right away. You're hopefully looking at something as simple as needing a pump out or replacing a broken pipe. Here's some steps you can take to help us help you.
CHECK (OR HAVE US CHECK) THE WATER LEVEL IN THE TANK

If the water level inside the tank is lower than the outlet pipe, chances are you have a clogged or broken pipe between the septic system and your house. This is a pretty common repair that can sometimes be as simple as calling a plumber.
If the water level inside the tank is higher than the outlet pipe, the problem generally lies with the tank itself or part of the leaching field. This can sometimes be as simple as a clogged screen. Generally, you'll want us to pump out the tank. This will allow us to see if there is a simple solution and give you the ability to continue to use toilets, sinks and showers while we figure out what's going on.
SOGGY SOIL BETWEEN HOUSE AND TANK

Soppy soil between the house and your septic tank is generally a pretty good sign of a broken pipe. Sometimes this can be tree roots or simply decaying pipes, or perhaps you were digging in the area. While not as simple as a pump-out, this is generally a fairly straight forward fix.
AEROBIC TREATMENT UNITS

Aerobic Treatment Units aerate the tank to help break down waste faster. If you've been away for a long period of time, the good bacteria that helps your tank work may have simply died off. Generally, using your tank sparingly for a couple weeks will help the bacteria grow back to useable levels.
LEACHING & DRAINAGE FIELD ISSUES

Unfortunately, drainage/leaching field failure is not generally a "fixable" problem. Most often, failure of the tank from not being pumped out often enough causes semi-solid waste to accumulate and clog up your leaching/drainage field. When this happens, your field can no longer drain effectively and will need to be replaced in part or in full.
The good news is there are multiple directions you can go here (with varying costs) and salvaging the current tank will often save you a significant amount.
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