Septic FAQs


Frequently Asked Questions About Septic System Maintenance

If you have any questions about your septic system, you can always count on the experts at Southern Septic to answer all your queries. If you don't see your question answered below, give us a call at 561-968-8081 and get an answer from our professionals.

When Should You Have Your Tank Pumped?

Pumping the tank depends on a lot of variables, such as the number of people in the home, how much water is used, and the size and age of the tank. For 4 to 5 people, the septic system should be pumped every 2 years, and for only 1 person, every 5 years.

What Are the Signs of a System Failure?

  • Gurgling noises
  • Sluggish draining/flushing
  • Surprisingly lush, green lawn over drainfield
  • High nitrate conent in well water
  • Backup of toilets, sinks, and drains
  • Odors
  • Wet or mushy ground around the tank

What Can Harm a System?

  • Grease, oils, and fats
  • Food
  • Hygiene items
  • Coffee grounds
  • Chemicals
  • Shampoos, conditioners, and soaps
  • Power towels
  • Babyw ipes
  • Diapers

Why Isn't It Safe to Use a Garbage Disposal and Septic System?

Garbage disposals should never be used with a septic system. Your garbage disposal can add large amounts of solids that cannot be broken down by the bacteria in your septic system. If you use a garbage disposal, your septic system should be cleaned and repaired annually to prevent permanent damage.
We offer 24/7 emergency septic system services.
Call us at 
We offer FREE estimates on our services. Call us today to learn more about our services.
Share by: