Septic Tank Pumping
Jones Pump Service provides residential septic tank pumping in Harford County, Cecil County and Baltimore County. Regular pumping helps prevent solids from escaping into the drainfield and clogging the system. Pumping frequency can vary depending on how many people live in the home. How much laundry you do and whether you use a garbage disposal are also important factors in setting a septic tank pumping schedule.
When we arrange to pump your septic tank, if you’re a first time customer, we’ll ask some questions to help us come up with a good pumping schedule for you. We can also perform a septic inspection at the time of our visit, to look for cracks, corrosion and other signs of problems with your septic system. If necessary, we can perform minor repairs during that same visit.
Septic System Maintenance
Septic system maintenance is not just for the septic company. There are a number of things you, as a homeowner, can do to reduce the frequency of septic tank pumping, and to keep your septic system in good working order. Remember, septic systems are designed to handle human waste and toilet paper, and nothing else.
- Avoid using your garbage disposal. Food debris adds to the solids in your system.
- Throw cooking oil and grease into the trash, not down the drain. Once they harden, they can clog the pipes.
- Don’t flush cigarette butts, tissues, paper towels or tampons.
- Reduce water usage- fix leaky toilets and faucets, avoid long showers, do only full loads in the washing machine or dishwasher and avoid multiple loads on the same day.
- Limit chemical usage- avoid caustic drain cleaners, anti-bacterial soaps.
- Keep surface water away from your leachfield – proper grading and routing roof water and sump pump water away from your leachfield should help.
- Don’t plant trees and shrubs near your leachfield.
- Avoid compacting your leachfield – don’t drive on it, keep heavy machinery off of it.
Jones Pump Service is a licensed septic pumper. After pumping out your septic tank, we will give you a receipt that spells out the details of what we did (how many gallons were pumped out of the tank, the date, the charges, and any other findings). Make sure you keep this receipt for your records. We are required to send a copy of this report to the local Board of Health.