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System Services provided by Summit Excavating
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Well & Septic Inspections
How often do I really need to get my septic tank pumped?
A: Summit Excavating recommends every 2 years for optimal
functioning - with consideration given to family size and water
usage. The Ohio state minimum is every 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.
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.
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.
There is an alarm/buzzer going off on my septic system. What 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,
For Optimal Operation of Your Septic Tank
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
For your convenience, a record chart is included
on this page.
Avoid dumping solids such as cigarette butts, disposable diapers,
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.
To Look For:
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
Temporary backing up of sewage, especially at floor drains.
Any unusual odors
Discharging off color and/or odorous sewage.
maximum life of most home sewage systems is 12 to 20 years. They
then need to be rebuilt. 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.