What is a septic system?

A septic system is an onsite sewage facility that treates and disposes of a property's wastewater. The alternative would be a public waste management.

A septic systems consists of a main sewer line from the property to the septic tank, a pipe from the tank to the distribution box and the drain field. Some properties may require a pump tank located between the septic tank and drain field.

How often does a septic tank need to be pumped?

The typical residential septic tank will need to be pumped every 3 to 5 years. It should also be inspected every 1 to 3 years.

Beyond that, it would be determined by the size of the tank and the frequency of use. Dixie Septic can help you or your business determine how often your septic tank needs to be pumped.

Please note, heavy rain can cause your septic tank to flood outside of its normal maintenance window due to the ground around your septic system getting oversaturated.

How do I know if I have a septic system?

If you're buying a home or other property, ask the seller and we highly recommend having it inspected before purchasing.

You can also look up property records or check with your local city permiting department. Finally, if you do not receive a wastewater or sewage utility bill you are on septic.

Does what I pour down my drains effect my septic system?

Yes. Your septic system contains healthy bacteria that helps decompose solid waste. Avoid pouring substances down your drains that do not decompose or decompose very slowly. These include: oil, grease, fats, butter, cheese, wax, cream, peticides, drain cleaners, paint, chemicals, and coffee grounds.

Use your garbage disposal sparingly - if it all - because it increases the amount of solid waste in your septic tank. The more you use it, the faster your tank will fill.

Who is responsbile for maintaining my septic system?

You are. The property owner is responsible for the septic system because it resides on their property. This include the pipes, the tank(s), the drainfield, the whole system.

There are communities and developments in which multiple properties may share a single septic system. In this case, all properties sharing the system would be responsbile. This type of situation is rare.