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Answering Our Customers’ Frequently Asked Questions

A-1 Septic Tank & Drain Services, LLC is proud of our history as septic and drain system specialists for Mid-South homes and businesses. Our family-owned company has been operating for five generations. Our versatile skills and expertise have made us a prominent resource in places like Desoto County, Tate County, and Tunica County, MS. We pair our expert cleaning, repair, and maintenance services with the most affordable prices in the area because we value your patronage. Another part of customer appreciation is keeping you informed about your drains, sewer lines, and septic tank, as well as how to maintain their condition to ensure they work optimally. On this page, we have answered a few of our customers’ most popular questions. If you have any other questions or need further explanation about the ones we have addressed, contact us today to learn more.

How often do I need to pump my septic tank?

The answer to this question is different for each septic tank we service. Many factors contribute to whether a septic tank needs to be pumped out every five years or 30 years. We can say a tank should not have to be pumped every five years to keep it running effectively. Many tanks can go for 30 years or longer without the property owners needing to empty them. A septic tank will work for decades when it has a good bacterial base to process the waste material.

Should I use a garbage disposal if I have a septic tank?

Many people mistakenly think that if their home has a septic tank, they cannot have a garbage disposal, but this is not true. The garbage disposal itself is not bad when combined with a septic tank. However, abusing your garbage disposal can cause problems, including when you use your garbage disposal as a trash can or clean out your refrigerator. They are intended to process and dispose of small portions of debris as you rinse plates in the sink. By limiting your disposal to the appropriate amounts of waste, you don’t add unnecessary material buildup that can lead to issues in your septic tank.

My new home has a septic tank. How should I handle maintenance?

The first step is to find out its location. Doing so allows you to have your septic tank dug up and inspected, and we can pump it at the same time. Once you know what you are dealing with, you can address any issues with cleaning, repairs, or maintenance to ensure they don’t lead to a backup. Once your septic tank is in top working condition, you just need to schedule regular maintenance to keep it running optimally and prevent future problems. You should not have to perform any major services on the septic tank for many years, or even up to a couple of decades with proper care.

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