How often should a septic tank be pumped?
On average septic tanks should be pumped every 2-5 years depending on the number of people in the house and water useage.

Should I know where my septic tank is located? 
It is important to know the location of each component of your septic system for cleaning and maintenance.  It is also important for preventing the occurrence of driving vehicles over the septic system and drainfield, landscaping and building additions(i.e. decks and patios)

What if I don’t know where my septic tank is located?
You can find out by contacting your local health department or by hiring a technician from Alberta Septic Systems.  You can find more information about your health department on our Homeowner Resources page.

Can I build or landscape on my drainfield?
Building or landscaping on any part of your drainfield or any other part of your septic system can cause costly damage. All counties require setbacks for septic systems..

Does the pump tank need to be pumped as well as the septic tank? 
Yes, although not as often as your septic tank. The pump tank can be pumped for every 2 or 3 septic tank pumps.

Do I need to clean the filters in my septic tank? 
Filters should be cleaned every 6 months to 3 years.  It’s a good idea to get them inspected just to be safe.

What does it mean when the sink or bath begins to back up or gurgle?
Your septic system is beginning to experience problems. The pump may be failing, the lines may be clogged, or the drainfield may not be draining correctly. Your first call should be to Alberta Septic.

I’ve heard that I shouldn’t do all of my laundry at one time. Is this true? 
Any activity that requires heavy water use causes excessive water discharge into the septic system. This is known as “Hydraulic Overload” and it is the number one cause of drainfield failure.

Does using my garbage disposal hurt my septic system?
We highly recommend not using a garbage disposal as they are very hard on the septic system. Garbage disposals require a large amount of water, contributing to solid build-up in your tank, and require more frequent pumping as a result.  Also, these solids don’t settle properly in the tank.

I need a Real Estate Certification to prove that my septic tank has been pumped to sell my home. Are these services available? 
Yes and we are happy to provide this service to help our neighborhood homeowners in South Snohomish County and all King County to sell their home.   The requirements for King and Snohomish County are different and you should be aware of these differences.

For more information about septic system care or to inquire about Alberta Septic System’s full range of services, contact us today at 425-271-6524.