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Cape Cod Septic Maintenance

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According to the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection: “Regular Maintenance is the single most important consideration in making sure your on-site system, whether it is a conventional septic system, an innovative/alternative (I/A) system, or a cesspool, works well over time.”

An amazing number of system owners believe that if they haven’t had any problems with their systems, they don’t need to pump out their tanks. Unfortunately this is a serious and sometimes costly misconception. It can cost between $15,000 and $40,000 to replace a septic system. With that in mind, proper system maintenance is imperative to keep your system healthy.

As your system is used, solid materials settle to the bottom of the tank, forming a sludge layer. Grease and lightweight materials float to the surface of the septic tank as scum. Normally, properly designed tanks have enough space for up to 3 to 5 years’ safe accumulation of sludge. When the sludge level increases beyond this point, sewage has less time to settle properly before leaving the tank. As the sludge level increases, more solid wastes escape into the soil absorption system (SAS). If the SAS becomes so clogged that it cannot absorb liquid at the rate at which it enters the tank, the plumbing will “back up” or unsanitary wastewater will bubble to the surface.

If you are a nonresidential system owner, you can determine how often to pump based on prior accumulation and pumping records. Often you can look at pumping intervals to gauge your pumping schedule (i.e., previously did you wait too long before having your tank pumped and it was filled to capacity, or could you have waited a little longer to pump?).

Remember: Regular pumping helps prevent solids from escaping into the drainfield and clogging soil pores. While pumping frequency is a function of use, DEP recommends that systems be pumped at least once every 3 years for homes not having a garbage disposal. If the home’s system has a garbage disposal, it should be pumped every year.

DEP recommends that systems be pumped at least once every 3 years for homes not having a garbage disposal.

Septic System Maintenance

2014 & 2015 RATES

1000 Gallon tank $259
1500 Gallon tank $329

Prices include 15 minutes of dig up, to locate your septic tank.