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Q: Should I have a single or a double compartment Septic tank?
A: The life span of a system is directly related to the amount of solids that enter the absorption cell. Having a double department tank greatly decreases the amount of solids that enters the absorption field.

Q: Can my water softener discharge into the septic system?
A: The salt from the softener discharge can affect the bacteria level in the tank. If the bacteria level is decreased, fewer solids will be dissolved and the chance of more solids entering the absorption field will increase. For this reason it is best to avoid discharging the softener into the system.

Q: What kind of condition will my yard be in when the construction of a new system is complete?
A: When the installation is complete, all disturbed areas are graded smooth, blended in with the existing contours, prepped, and seeded. Pulverized dirt is used when covering mounds and areas above the system are covered with mulch. Depending on the time of year in which the area is seeded, new grass can be expected within a week or two.

Q: How long will my septic system last?
The age of a system is determined by the condition in which it is operated. If a system is maintained and operated properly, a life span of twenty years can be expected. For helpful hints please refer to the maintenance and operation portion of this web site.

Q: What can be flushed into the system?
A: Only organic and non-biodegradable items should be flushed into the system. As the saying goes, "If it won't rot, don't flush it down the pot."

Q: How often should the Septic pumped?
The Wisconsin state code requires that a septic tank must be pumped every three years. It is a good idea to have them pumped every one to two years to ensure that solids do not enter the absorption field. Be sure to have all tanks and compartments of the tanks pumped.

Q: How often should the filter be cleaned?
It is recommended by the manufacturer to clean the filter every time the tanks are serviced, or as required. If the system is heavily used the filter requires more frequent service. If the filter is not maintained properly, it may become clogged and result in a backup.

Q: Other than the three standard septic systems, is there any other type of systems that can be installed?
Currently there are nine different Department of Commerce approved system that can be installed. If you would like additional information or have any questions on the systems that this web site does and does not cover, please give us a call.

Q: When building a new house, what needs to be done to obtain the required permits?
The first step is to complete soil test and have the septic system plans approved. Once they are approved, a sanitary permit can be obtained and then a Building permit can be issued.

If you have any additional question lease feel free to contact us at any time.

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