More Blog Posts on Similar Subjects:

  1. Where’s the septic tank? Are you going to inspect it?

  2. Do I have to get a larger septic tank when I build a home addition?

  3. Do you check the plumbing under the floor slab?

  4. How can I locate my septic tank?

  5. Why is my water heater making strange (rumbling, gurgling, knocking or banging) noises?

  6. How do I get rid of the sewer gas smell in my house?

  7. Should I call a plumber or septic tank contractor when my septic tank backs up into the house?

  8. Should I disconnect the washing machine from the septic tank to reduce the load on the system?

  9. What is well pump “short cycling”?

  10. Should I call a plumber or septic tank contractor when my septic tank backs up into the house?

  11. How much does it cost to replace the plumbing pipe in a house?

  12. This home has galvanized water pipe. Is that a problem?

  13. What’s the flip-up handle on the water heater for?

  14. What’s the powdery crust on the pipe connections at the water heater?

  15. How come the water has a rotten-egg smell in some empty houses?

  16. My well water test came back positive for bacteria. What should I do?

  17. How old is that water heater?

  18. Do you test the well water?

  19. What is the difference between a regular water heater and a power vent water heater?

  20. What is that pipe sticking out of the ground in the yard?

  21. What are the minimum clearances around a toilet?

  22. Why are rubber washing machine hoses a safety risk?

  23. What is a dielectric union?

  24. What is a heat pump water heater?

  25. Why can’t PVC pipe be used for water pipe inside a house?

  26. What is the average life expectancy of PVC pipe?

  27. What is an auto vent, air admittance valve, or check vent?

  28. Why is a European-style bottle trap not approved by the plumbing codes in the U.S.?

  29. Why is sunlight exposure bad for PVC pipe?

  30. Why is a backflow preventer required on lawn sprinkler systems?

  31. Should I seal the washing machine drain hose to the standpipe?

  32. How can I tell if a house is connected to a septic tank or sewer?

  33. How do you find a broken water pipe leak under the floor slab?

  34. What is a sediment trap or dirt leg?

  35. What is the minimum and maximum slope of the trap arm of a plumbing drain?

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longer percolate the wastewater into the soil. The drainfield failure causes a  backup of stinky wastewater into the home. At that point, simply pumping the tank is no longer an option. The drainfield will also have to be replaced, an expensive proposition that also shreds part of your lawn.

   So regular septic tank pumping is actually a cost-saving measure that we recommend. Some septic contractors offer a reminder service or will set up a schedule for regular pumpouts.


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