Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is a septic system?

A: Septic systems are individual wastewater treatment systems that use the soil to treat small wastewater flows. They are typically used in rural or large lot settings when centralized wastewater treatment is unavailable or impractical.

Q: How often should my septic tank be serviced?

A: Local health departments recommend that the accumulated solids in the bottom of the septic tank be pumped out every three to five years. The more people using a system, the more quickly the solids accumulate, and the more often the tank will need to be pumped. Also, using a garbage disposal increases the solids in a septic tank. Pumping out the tank on a regular basis will help prevent solids from entering the drainfield and causing blockages in the drainfield.

Q: How long do porcelain veneers last?

A: Anywhere between seven and twenty years is the average expected lifetime for porcelain veneers. This is assuming, however, that they receive the proper care over the course of the years.

Q: What are some signs that my septic system is failing?

A: There are several main reasons that can cause a septic system to fail.  See below…

  • Sewage backing up into the house
  • Sewage surfacing over the drainfield 
  • Lush grass over the drainfield 
  • Slow draining toilets or drains 
  • Sewage odors