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South Texas Waste Systems on the job provides solutions for septic system challenges using modern environmentally safe procedures. South Texas Waste Systems guarantees quality service at a reasonable price.

All Waste is disposed of at a licensed treatment facility.

Our goals are:

1. To educate the customer, and to simplify and expedite the maintenance, repair or replacement of septic systems.

2. We strive to be an eco-friendly, "green" service provider using the latest technology to dispose of your septic waste in the most low impact manner available.

3. Provide the best bacteria for septic tank maintenance as a recommended option for the health of your septic system.

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Septic Tank Frequently Asked Questions

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 bacterial 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 indefinitely if they are properly installed and maintained. It is critical to have your septic tank pump out regularly and to maintain proper levels of enzyme and bacterial action.

How Does 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 regularly will convert these solid materials to liquid, which then flow through your underground pipes to the drain field. In the drain field the enzymes and bacteria continue to help reduce glazing and improve soil absorption.

Why Do 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 drain field 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 into the drain field. There is a certain amount of material that is not biodegradable 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 Should You 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 US Department of Health Services 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 burdensome expense.

Remember, a septic tank soil absorption system which does 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 Do You Maintain Your Septic System?

With today’s modern watertight systems, no natural enzymes or bacteria can penetrate the walls. The only way 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.

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How Often Should Your Septic Tank Be Cleaned?

The two Maintenance Charts below will give you a general idea of how often septic tanks need to be cleaned based on the size of tank and number of people in the household. The number of years or months between cleaning provided in these charts do not take into account other important criteria such as the condition of the system, daily water usage patterns and field size/condition. For this reason, the interval for cleaning your septic tank may vary considerably from the interval provided by the charts below.

To obtain the correct cleaning interval you should contact a qualified septic cleaning company in your area. After inspecting your system and obtaining additional information from you, the company can provide you with the optimal cleaning interval that will properly maintain your system through the years.

If you do not have a garbage disposal, use Chart One otherwise refer to Chart Two to identify the maximum cleaning interval for your system.

Septic Maintenance Chart One

Estimated Septic Cleaning Intervals for Home without a Garbage Disposal

Tank Size
In Gallons

----------------------- Number of People in Household -----------------------

01

02

03

04

05

06

07

08

09

10+

------------------------------------- Cleaning Intervals ---------------------------------------

500

5.8 yr

2.6 yr

1.5 yr

1 yr

8 mo

5 mo

3 mo

2 mo

1 mo

.5 mo

750

9.1 yr

4.2 yr

2.6 yr

1.8 yr

1.3 yr

1 yr

8 mo

7 mo

5 mo

3 mo

900

11 yr

5.2 yr

3.3 yr

2.3 yr

1.7 yr

1.3 yr

1 yr

9 mo

8 mo

6 mo

1000

12.4 yr

5.9 yr

3.7 yr

2.6 yr

2 yr

1.5 yr

1.2 yr

1 yr

9 mo

8 mo

1250

15.6 yr

7.5 yr

4.8 yr

3.4 yr

2.6 yr

2 yr

1.7 yr

1.4 yr

1.2 yr

1 yr

1500

18.9 yr

9.1 yr

5.9 yr

4.2 yr

3.3 yr

2.6 yr

2.1 yr

1.8 yr

1.5 yr

1.3 yr

1750

22.1 yr

10.7 yr

6.9 yr

5.0 yr

3.9 yr

3.1 yr

2.6 yr

2.2 yr

1.9 yr

1.6 yr

yr = Years
mo = Months

Septic Maintenance Chart Two

Estimated Septic Cleaning Intervals for Home With a Garbage Disposal

Tank Size
In Gallons

----------------------- Number of People in Household -----------------------

01

02

03

04

05

06

07

08

09

10+

------------------------------------- Cleaning Intervals ---------------------------------------

500

4.6 yr

2.1 yr

1.2 yr

9.5 mo

6.7 mo

3.8 mo

2 mo

1 mo

.5 mo

-- mo

750

7.3 yr

3.4 yr

2.1 yr

1.4 yr

1 yr

9.5 mo

6.7 mo

5.8 mo

3.8 mo

2.8 mo

900

8.8 yr

4.2 yr

2.6 yr

1.8 yr

1.4 yr

1 yr

9.5 mo

7.7 mo

6.7 mo

4.8 mo

1000

9.9 yr

4.7 yr

3 yr

2 yr

1.6 yr

1.2 yr

1 yr

9.5 mo

7.6 mo

6.7 mo

1250

12.5 yr

6 yr

3.8 yr

2.7 yr

2 yr

1.6 yr

1.4 yr

1.1 yr

1 yr

9.5 mo

1500

15.1 yr

7.3 yr

4.7 yr

3.4 yr

2.6 yr

2 yr

1.7 yr

1.4 yr

1.2 yr

1 yr

1750

17.7 yr

8.6 yr

5.5 yr

4.0 yr

3.1 yr

2.5 yr

2 yr

1.8 yr

1.5 yr

1.3 yr

yr = Years
mo = Months


Septic Tank Do's and Don'ts
  1. DO conserve water to avoid overloading the system
    Repair leaky faucets and toilets.
    Space out laundry loads over the course of a week.
    Install low usage water fixtures
  2. DO use a toilet tissue that breaks down easily
    High wet-strength tissues are not suitable
    We recommend SCOTTS brand
  3. DO have your septic tank cleaned out at appropriate intervals
    Cleaning intervals are based on several factors and range from one to five years
  4. DO divert other sources of water away from the septic system
    Roof drains and sump pumps should not drain near the septic system
  5. DON'T plant anything over or near the drain field except grass
    Roots can clog and damage drain lines
  6. DON'T deposit cooking fats, facial tissues into the septic system
    Non-decomposable materials such as these and others can clog the inlet or outlet pipe
  7. DON'T use automatic toilet bowl cleaners
    The continuous slow release of chemicals can kill the bacteria needed to treat the wastewater in the tank
  8. DON'T cover the drain field with a hard surface
    The area over the drain field should be grass cover only to help remove excess water

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