Murphy's Cesspool & Septic Service

Septic Do's & Don't

Septic Do's...
  • • Know the location of your septic system.
  • • Have your septic tank (main receiver) inspected and pumped by a licensed company every 2 years.
  • • Direct storm water run-off away from your septic tank.
  • • Conserve water by using plumbing fixtures that save water.
  • • Fix all plumbing fixtures that leak.

Septic Dont's...
  • • Park or drive over your septic system.
  • • Build structures or plant trees over your septic system.
  • • Dispose of non-biodegradable materials in your system.
  • • Dispose of food scraps or kitchen grease in your system.

How Do Septic Systems Work?

Why Do Septic Systems Fail?

Generally, Septic systems fail due to lack of maintenance. When the septic tank is not pumped on a regular basis it will become overloaded with solid waste. The overloading will cause the solid waste to enter the cesspool (drainage area). The cesspool will become clogged as it is not designed to handle solid matter. This will cause the system to overfill leading to the possibility of waste backing up into the household.

What Are The Signs Of A Failing System?

  • 1) Sluggishness when flushing your toilet.
  • 2) Plumbing back ups in sinks, bathtubs, showers, etc.
  • 3) Gurgling sounds in the plumbing.
  • 4) Grass in the yard growing faster and greener in one particular area.
  • 5) Ground mushy underfoot.
  • 6) Obnoxious odors inside or outside your home.
  • 7) Low spots beginning to appear in yard, whether or not any of the above symptoms have occurred.

How Long Should A Septic System Last?

A properly installed septic system with proper maintenance will provide many years of trouble free service in most cases.


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