FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)


We would be glad to give you an estimate on the installation of a new septic system or if you need a repair on an existing system, replacement of a tank or drain field, or both.


We can take care of your restaurant grease trap pumping needs, by putting your establishment on a routine pumping interval. Of course we can pump your septic tank, we can set it up for you on a routine also.
We also can pump out your car wash tanks and auto shop, floor wash, sump tanks too.

We would be glad to help you with these needs. We are reasonably priced and ready to serve you.

 

HOW OFTEN SHOULD I PUMP MY SEPTIC TANK?

The Industry recommendation for pumping a Septic Tank is every 3 - 5 years for average use. The chart below can help you determine your pumping frequency needs.

The frequency of pumping depends on several factors:

capacity of the septic tank
volume of wastewater (related to size of household)

amount of solids in wastewater (e.g. garbage disposals produce more solids)

Table I lists estimated pumping frequency according to septic tank capacity and household size. The frequencies were calculated to provide a minimum of 24 hours of wastewater retention assuming 50 percent digestion of the retained solids.

TABLE 1 Estimated septic tank pumping frequencies in years
(for year-round residences)

PRODUCTS BY LENZYME

Nature's Way and More

For use in: Septic and Cesspool Systems, Grease Traps, Drains, Open Vault or Tank Toilets, On-Site Sewage Disposal Systems, Seepage Ditches, Sewage Treatment Lagoons, Dumping Stations, Recreational Vehicles and Portable Toilets.

Before Your System Fails...Ask Us For Details

WHAT IS A SEPTIC SYSTEM?

A septic system is an on-site sewage treatment and disposal system buried underground. It is composed of a septic tank and a soil absorption area. The modern septic tank is a water-tight box usually made of reinforced precast concrete, concrete blocks or reinforced fiberglass, through which no natural bacteria is able to enter. This structure is where organic solids are decomposed by a natural enzymatic bacteria process. The purpose of your tank is to treat household wastes including body wastes, laundry water, bath water and discarded food. Septic systems are designed to work indefintely if they are properly installed and maintained. It is critical to have your septic tank pumped out regularly and to maintain proper levels of enzyme and bacteria action.

HOW YOUR SEPTIC TANK WORKS

Waste enters the tank from toilets, sinks, tubs, and drains.


Organic solid material floats to the top of the tank forming a layer commonly called "scum." Inorganic materials and bi-products from enzyme and bacteria digestion settle to the bottom of the tank forming a layer called "sludge."

The proper amounts of enzymes and bacteria added to the tank regularly will convert these solid materials to liquid, which then flow through your underground pipes to the drainfield. In the drainfield the enzymes and bacteria continue to help reduce glazing and improve soil absorption.

WHY YOU NEED A PUMPING SERVICE

Pollutants from a poorly functioning system can be drawn into your well and come out in your drinking, cooking, and bathing water. If your tank isn't cleaned regularly, sludge and scum will clog the drainfield and cause the whole system to fail. It is important to remove this solid material before it reaches the level of the discharge outlet and flows in the drainfield. There is a certain amount of material that is not biogradable and must be removed by pumping. If your system should stop or overflow, there could be offensive odors as well as dangerous health hazards.

WHY YOU SHOULD MAINTAIN YOUR SEPTIC SYSTEM

A failing septic system isn't like your car when it is low on oil, NO RED LIGHT will go on to warn you. The U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare Public Health Service states: "A septic tank system will serve a home satisfactorily only if it is properly designed, installed, and adequately maintained. Even a good system which does not have proper care and attention may become a nuisance and a burdensome expense. Remember, a spetic tank-soil absorption system which doesn not function properly frequently becomes a neighborhood health hazard. To obtain satisfactory service, the homeowner must know something about the design, operation and maintenance of his own septic tank system."

HOW TO MAINTAIN YOUR SEPTIC SYSTEM

With today's modern watertight systems, no natural enzymes or bacteria can penetrate the walls. The only way the necessary enzymes and bacteria can enter is through your toilets, sinks, tubs and drains. Enzymes and bacteria must be present to keep your tank working efficiently between periodic pumping.

2-STEP PLAN

STEP 1 Call ALL TREASURE VALLEY SEPTIC SERVICE, INC. regularly to pump out the sludge in your tank. How often you need pumping is determined by the size of your family, the size of your septic system, whether or not you use a garbage disposal and the care of your system has had in the past. Rely on ALL TREASURE VALLEY SEPTIC professional's expert advice and experience.

STEP 2 After pumping out your tank, add a packet of monthly. The 5 enzyme/bacteria waste digestant will help to keep the enzyme and bacteria level high in your system. Your daily use of home care products destroy enzymes and bacteria, therefore, they must be replaced.

INGREDIENTS AND FUNCTIONS

is unique in that each ingredient is functional or contributes to the biodegradation process. Our 5 enzymes are:

PROTEASE - breaks down proteins. LIPASE - breaks down grease, oil, and fats. PECTINASE - breaks down pectins and gums. CELLULASE - breaks down papers and fibers. AMYLASE - breaks down starches.

In addition, we add five highly specialized strains of bacteria for digestion of the wastes. Once placed in your system, they will double their population approximately every twenty minutes.

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

Q. Why ?

A. Because of our unique blend of 5 enzymes and bacteria. Each enzyme was created to break down a specific type of solid waste found in septic tanks. The enzymes work where bacteria based products alone will not.

Q. My system backed up for the first time. What can I do to prevent this from happening again?

A. A backup is the first sign of septic system failure. We can help you reverse the clogging trend. You must start a maintenance program now or you will be replacing your system soon.

Q. Will acid help my septic system?

A. Acids and chemicals work only temporarily. They are extremely dangerous to use and harmful to the environment. Acids are being banned in many states.

Q. I keep forgetting to use an additive each month. How much should I use if I want to apply it just once a year?

A. This is not recommended. The liquids in your tank turn over 3-5 times a month. The bacteria and enzymes are constantly being flushed out into the drainfield where they continue to help reduce drainfield glazing. Adding regularly will help keep an adequate supply of enzymes and bacteria in your system.

Q. On the baking soda box, it says to add baking soda to my septic system. Will this make it work better?

A. Most enzymes and bacteria grow best in a nonacidic environment. By adding baking soda, you raise the pH to a neutral condition which makes the bacteria grow faster and digest more of the waste. This is why we have included a pH buffer in the formula. Of course baking soda does not in itself add bacteria, nor does it break down wastes as does.

Q. I've been told to put a cake of yeast in my septic system. Does this help?

A. Very little. Yeast only breaks down starches which represent a small percentage of the waste found in your septic system. You need to give you a complete breakdown of all five of the major types of waste found in your septic system.

Q. Why do I need a pumping service? I have received advertisements in the mail stating: "Save hundreds of $$ by never pumping again." "Miracle product eats everything in your septic tank."

A. These are wild and fradulent claims. After reading this page, you now know that there are two necessary procedures for maintaining a properly working septic system: 1.) Keep a high level of enzyme/bacteria action. 2.) Have regular periodic pump outs.

Q. Will adding hurt my drains and plumbing?

A. No, In fact, we recommend you add monthly to different drains in your home. The enzymes and bacteria will help reduce buildup of organic materials in your drainline in addition to helping your septic tank and drainfield.

Q. My neighbor says she pours her bacon grease down the drain. Is this harmful to the septic system?

A. Never put grease of any type in your septic system. Grease is one of the hardest organics to digest. It causes blockages in drains, the septic tank, and the drainfield. That is why 's formula is superior because it includes the enzyme "LIPASE" which breaks down grease.

THE SUPERIOR WASTE DIGESTANT

Environmentally safe protection
Non-poisonous, non-corrosive, non-caustic, non-polluting and bio-degradable
Provides natural aid to normal operation of waste disposal systems, increasing the capacity for waste elimination.
Eliminates odors which attract disease bearing insects.
Substantially reduces gum and pectins which cause glazing of drainfields and drainage pits.
Helps eliminate soggy soil and puddling due to clogging.
Long shelf life.
Attacks grease which cause blockages.

 

 

 
   
 

ALL TREASURE VALLEY SEPTIC SERVICE, INC.

CALL US : Weiser 208/549-3603; Payette 208/642-2925; Meridian/Boise 208/888-4423;
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or Toll Free 800/214-2925
FAX: 208/549-4143
EMAIL: tvseptic@ruralnetwork.net

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