FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT SEPTIC SYSTEMS AND EXCAVATING
If you are new to Septic Systems or you just need a refresher on the ins and outs of the whole process, take advantage of this free bulletin from the Environmental Protection Agency. Read A Homeowner’s Guide to Septic Systems from the US EPA.
Frequently Asked Questions
Simply put, a septic system is an underground system designed to store and treat waste without a connection to a municipal sewer system.
This depends on how many people live in your house – every two years for residents with up to three people, once a year for 4-5 residents, and every six months for households with more than six residents.
Septic systems will last up to 30 years if cared for correctly.
If you notice any of these symptoms, call David Schaefer Septic immediately, before it gets worse!
- You find sewage in your toilet, sink, or shower
- Drains don’t drain – especially post-rainfall
- Unpleasant smells coming from around the leach field
- You notice sewage and/or soggy soil near the leach field, even if it hasn’t rained
- Biological or organic chemical contamination is detected in the nearby water supply
- If your system has an alarm light (some do, some don’t) then it may flash
- You notice sewage coming up from under the lid of the tank or the vault
Septic tanks fill up over time. When they fill up too much, they back up. If unmaintained, the system will eventually lose its ability to carry away and treat waste entirely.
Yes, we provide complete site work excavating services including demolition and removal of current buildings.
See Below Map. Although our core service area is Morris, Passaic, Susssex & Warren Counties, David Schaefer Septic has an impressive arrary of equipment that can handle jobs throughout New Jersey. We work with many Engineers, Inspection Services, and other contractors from all over Northern NJ.