Septic SYSTEM Services
Septic System Installations
Septic System Inspections
- Septic Tank Installation
- Point of Sale Inspections
- Replace Septic System
- Aeration Tanks and Motors
- Septic Inspection Wells
- Leach Field – New or Replace
- Septic Tank Pumping
- Sump Pumps
Q: How often do I really need to get my septic tank pumped?
A: Summit Excavating recommends every 2 years for optimal functioning -depending on family size and water usage. The Ohio state minimum is every three (3) years. If you use a garbage disposal, however, it is recommended that you have your septic tank pumped every year – food and scraps don’t have the same decomposing qualities that waste does, therefore requiring more frequent cleaning.
Q: What are signs that I may have a problem with my septic system?
A: While signs are not limited to these, here is a list of the most commonly observed warnings that something has gone awry: hearing gurgling in the sink, wet ground in the yard not caused by weather, soft spots or sink holes in the yard, the odor of sewage. While these issues are certainly signs of a problem, often, the first sign is septic backing up into your house. To avoid this, have your system pumped and checked regularly.
Q: There is an alarm/buzzer going off on my septic system. What do I do?
A: This is the high water alarm on your system that generally is indicative of one of 2 things: the breaker needing to be reset, or your sump pump has failed. In either case, your sump pump is not working to eliminate excess water from your septic tank. Call Summit Excavating to schedule a pumping and sump pump replacement, if necessary.
Using Products In Your System:
Q: Should I use products like Riddex or yeast, and if so, how often?
A: There is nothing more effective at breaking down human waste than the bacteria and enzymes found in human waste. Adding chemical additives to your septic tank could actually disrupt the natural, healthy decomposition of the waste. Although yeast is occasionally used in a new tank to start the fermentation process, there would never be a need to add more. Put bluntly, if these products were necessary for our septic systems, they would be found in every store with many different brand choices, etc.
Hints For Optimal Operation of Your Septic System
- Know where your home sewage system is located.
- Inspect your septic system annually. Measure depth of solids (scum and sludge). When these are equal to half the depth, have your tanks pumped or every three years – whichever comes first.
- Keep a record so you will know when to next schedule pumping your septic tank. For your convenience, a record chart is included on this page.
- Avoid dumping solids such as cigarette butts, disposable diapers, sanitary napkins, excess paper, and garbage grindings into the drains.
- Reduce water use by using low flow fixtures to balance flow to soil absorption ability. The less sewage created, the better.
- Some systems installed in Summit County since 1975 have diversion devices which allows a portion of the system to rest. These devices should be switched every 6 months.
Trouble? Here's what to look for:
Call a county-registered septic tank cleaner to clean the tank. Trouble signs of malfunctioning systems may include:
- Wet spots in the lawn or any unusual plant growth near near sewage leaching system.
- Temporary backing up of sewage, especially at floor drains.
- Any unusual odors
- Discharging off color and/or odorous sewage.
The maximum life of most home sewage systems is 12 to 20 years. Your County Health Department will assist you in recommending the best repair for your septic system. State law requires that the local health department inspect any sewage system installation. The Health Department Inspection Report is your best assurance that the work has properly been performed.