Remember this system is for liquid water/wastewater removal. It does not remove solids.
The major problems associated with a septic system involve the buildup of grease, soap and solid waste. When the solids in your underground tanks do not biodegrade, they build-up, lowering the volume your tanks can hold.
With our type of system, it is impossible to determine the situation (buildup) in the underground tanks, but when we perform an inspection or repair of the pump tank, we can make the determination that your septic tanks should be cleaned (pumped out). When we determine that our pump-out system is working and you are having trouble flushing, it is a good indication that your underground tanks are full. Experience has taught us that the more people utilizing a residence will dictate the frequency that tanks should be pumped out by a professional septic removal company.
To prevent any problem we recommend that for a small family, the system be pumped or at least checked every two years, with more frequent checks or pump-outs as the size of family and/or use increases. Some individuals have told us they have never had tanks pumped out and some do it every year or two routinely. We do have a book of maps that shows the approximate location of underground tanks, and can help you locate them should the need arise.
Again, remember that when we experience a lot of rain, or several days of rain, the ground becomes saturated and water seeps into the tanks, and this can continue for several days. If you are having trouble flushing during normal weather, call us first and let us check our system before you go to the expense of calling a plumber.