A Resource With Septic System Information, Helpful Tips And Answers To Some Common Questions
Do You Have A Septic System?
If your home has a septic system, you are among the approximate 30% of homeowners in Oregon. If you recently bought a home that has a septic tank and septic system, there are a few things to keep in mind. Unlike a city sewer system, your septic tank is going to need periodic maintenance, inspection and pumping by a DEQ certified professional. The DEQ or Department of Environmental Quality helps protects Oregon's land, water quality and the overall environment by regulating the design, installation and maintenance of septic systems in Oregon. For more information on the DEQ visit http://www.deq.state.or.us/wq/onsite/aboutseptic.htm
Does your septic tank need to be pumped? If your drains are slow, if your toilet is gurgling or if you're smelling some bad odors, these may be signs of a problem. The time to find out is not when it's too late. Determining if a septic tank needs to be pumped out depends on a few things like the last time it was pumped and the amount of usage the septic system gets. Most septic tanks get pumped ever 2 to 3 years, but this may vary under certain factors. You best bet is to not take any chances and have a professional septic contractor inspect your septic system. By relying on professional advice, you may avoid some very costly mistakes. A septic tank and system that is not properly maintained can cause expensive drain field failures, backed up pipes or worse. Having to replace these systems can cost many thousands of dollars, so help your septic system get the longest life by keeping up on routine maintenance.
Here are some common septic services that would require a professional:
When it comes to a new septic system installation, there is a large selection of septic systems, including various types and sizes.
Here are a few different types and some common terms for some of the septic systems.
The information on this site is just to help with some general topics around Oregon septic systems. There is much more information on this site regarding rules and regulations. http://www.deq.state.or.us/wq/onsite/onsite.htm.
If you need to hire a septic contractor, make sure to always verify they are qualified and certified to do the work needed.