Septic Maintenance

Septic Maintenance

Whether you have a standard system, sand filter, gravel filter, or advanced treatment technology, our certified DEQ maintenance providers can keep your septic system running in top form while meeting your permit requirements. Perhaps water is surfacing in your drain field or alarms have been sounding that indicate a problem with your treatment system or tanks. Have laws in your area changed? Do you need, or have an up-to-date operation manual? If these are questions you’ve asked yourself in the last year perhaps consider an inspection, we’ll make sure your system is within safe regulation and ascertain if it needs any necessary repairs. By state DEQ requirements septic systems require maintenance approximately every five years, we’re happy to give support and cut middlemen with our certified providers. By not ensuring your system is safely up to code through usage, you or others could be exposed to deadly viruses and diseases, the costs of the inspection and any subsequent repairs are easily the right choice when compared to the sheer weight of extreme repairs and fines in the possible event of an unmaintained system breaking down. It’s important to stay informed on what you can do in daily use to protect and maintain your septic system, flushing almost material other than the expected waste into the system can cause irreparable harm to the internal components and cause dangerous damage. Products most commonly mistaken for “acceptable” waste are disposable personal wipes, cigarette butts, sanitary products, hair, grease, coffee grounds, dead fish or small animals, and everyday bathroom garbage. Avoiding these common causes of septic system failure will extend the life of your system, while this is not a complete list, we encourage owners and residents to examine any normal occurrences that may affect their system and communicate with the expert of their choice for the best results. Leaking water utilities, heavy oil-based conditioners, and even some septic tank additives can result in a premature need for maintenance. A DEQ-certified septic system can last twenty to thirty years with regular maintenance, an unmaintained system can cost thousands. Environmental Management Systems’ staff of trained professionals can quickly locate problems and offer solutions.

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A DEQ certified septic system can last twenty to thirty years with regular maintenance, an unmaintained system can cost thousands.

Septic Tank Lid Safety

Prevent a Tragedy

People do accidentally fall into septic tanks. In most cases, the person who falls in gets out without serious injury. But a child’s tragic death is a reminder to inspect your septic system for damaged or missing lids.
Take these precautions to make sure no one accidently falls into your septic tank.
  • Know where your septic system lids or covers are located.
  • Routinely inspect the condition of the lids for hazards or problems
  • Keep the lids secure by repairing or replacing all damaged or missing parts.
  • Use bolts, screws, or other locks to secure the lids and prevent easy access.
  • Never drive or park vehicles on top of septic systems – it can damage or dislodge the cover.
  • Never leave an open lid unattended when inspecting or having your septic system pumped. 
  • Make sure the lids are secured after working on your septic system
  • Teach children that the septic tank lids are not to be played on or opened
Owners of septic systems are responsible for ensuring the systems are safe and function properly, including having a secure lid on the tanks.


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