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Mr. Rooter Plumbing: Septic Cleaning and Pumping for Syracuse-area Homes

At Mr. Rooter® Plumbing, we know a clean septic system or a grease trap is a healthy one. That's why we advise all our customers in Syracuse, Auburn, Utica and beyond to get their septic systems cleaned every 3-5 years.

Pumping and cleaning is part of a regular maintenance cycle and not only helps avoid unpleasant breakdowns, it can add also years of life to your home's septic system or your business’ grease trap. Call us today to schedule your appointment!

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What Is a Septic Tank?

A septic tank provides homeowners with an alternative to public sewer systems that are regulated and maintained by the city or borough in which they live. Unlike a sewer system, the owner of the septic tank assumes responsibility for usage and general maintenance.

Septic tanks are watertight boxes generally composed of steel or concrete that sit under the soil of the property they’re used for. The septic system at hand provides a sort of self-sufficient underground water system, in which all toilets, sink, bathtubs, washers and other appliances drain out excess waste and water into connected to pipes that lead into the septic tank.

Because individuals typically install septic tanks in their backyard or elsewhere on their property, they’re less spacious than public sewer ranks. However, they can still hold up to an astonishing 1000 gallons of water, providing homeowners with the wastewater removal they need. With the proper maintenance and care, your septic tank can last for 40 years or more.

How Does a Septic Tank Work?

Whenever you use water in your home, whether you’re cleaning up dirty dishes or taking a warm sudsy bath, the remaining liquid flows through the system of your septic tank. Wastewater streams from the source of water usage and into the installed pipes located throughout the septic tank. Each time you flush your toilet, take a shower and turn on a faucet, the water enters into your tank, where it goes through a filtration process before exiting from the opposing side of the tank. The wastewater finally exits into a drain field by the end of the process.

While in the drain field, water is separated into three varying layers:

  • The Scum Layer: The scum layer, which is easily observable upon opening the septic tank, consists of the top layer of water containing all of the residue which floats.
  • The Effluent Layer: The middle layer, also known as the effluent later, possesses all of wastewater containing fertilizing chemicals.
  • The Sludge Layer: All of the portions in your tank which sink, on the contrary, can be found in the sludge layer of your tank— the lowest layer.

As various waste sinks and floats, the system works to regulate and efficiently drain all water throughout the septic tank. You can see these layers indicated in the septic tank diagram above.

How Often Should I Pump My Septic Tank?

In general, homeowners should have their septic tanks pumped roughly every 3 years under normal circumstances. Other factors such as household size and water usage may alter this frequency. To avoid septic tank problems, look for signs that your tank is full and needs to be pumped.

Signs Your Septic Tank Needs to Be Pumped

While regular cleaning or pumping is recommended, we understand for many homeowners this is not a realistic option. If you've gone a few years without pumping your septic system, there are a few tell-tale signs your tank may be nearing capacity.

A strong sewage odor in your yard is a dead giveaway. A backed-up toilet or drain that can't be unclogged is another sign of trouble and so is standing water in your yard. Lastly, many newer septic systems will have a built-in alarm that either flashes or makes a noise when your tank is almost full.

If you notice signs of trouble, don't delay in getting the service you need. Mr. Rooter Plumbing offers full septic pumping services to New York homes.

Why Septic Pumping Is Important

  • Like any part of the home, your septic system requires regular maintenance to stay running its best. Because it handles human waste, it is especially important to ensure your septic system is well-maintained.
  • If you have ever experienced an overflowing or broken septic system, you know how unpleasant the smell can be.
  • In addition to smelling bad, septic waste contains illness-causing bacteria, nitrogen and phosphorus that can contaminate your groundwater. This can cause health problems for your family, pets, livestock or garden.
  • Regular maintenance saves you money in the long run. Compare the cost of septic pumping every three to five years (about $200-$300) with the replacement of a neglected unit ($4700-$6200 or more).

Despite the compelling reasons for getting your septic tank inspected and pumped regularly, a large percentage of homeowners fail to perform this vital service. Don’t be one of them — call Mr. Rooter Plumbing to book your appointment today!

The Sewage Service Experts in Central NY

There's a reason why homes throughout central New York — from Auburn to Utica, and everywhere in between — rely on Mr. Rooter Plumbing for septic system cleaning and other plumbing services. We're committed to offering world class customer service, from when you pick up the phone to call us to the moment the work is complete and you're handed the bill. We take care to treat your home and yard with the same respect we would our own, and our pricing is fair, transparent and surprise-free.

Of course, there's no higher form of customer service than taking the time to do a job right. Our licensed technicians have a lifetime of experience in Syracuse-area homes; even for a routine maintenance job such as septic tank pumping, we'll take extra care to ensure the job is completed thoroughly, so you can enjoy years of trouble-free use.Give us a call today!

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