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Sludgebusters is dedicated to promoting proper septic tank care through routine maintenance. However, between our visits, they way you treat your system is probably just as important as the quality of our cleaning and pumping services. Read below for our answers to the most frequently asked questions we receive about septic systems. By following these guidelines, not only will you save money by extending the life of your septic system, but you'll also be helping to protect the environment and your health.

Can I drive above or across my septic system?

No. Unless your whole system is traffic rated, parts of it will not be able to support the weight of a vehicle. If a portion of your system gets crushed, failure may occur.

Can I use a drain opener?

We do not recommend using any acid-based drain openers. Many of them contain a fair amount of sulfuric or muriatic acid, which can accelerate acid damage to your tank.

Will bleach or detergent affect my system?

When used in moderation, most cleaning chemicals are okay, but high concentrations or excessive amounts of bleach or detergent can stunt or eliminate the anaerobic bacterial action that keeps your system flowing.

Can our home septic system handle a few more people?

Most residential septic systems were designed to handle 1.5 persons per bedroom. So, if you have a three bedroom home, your system was designed to handle no more than 4.5 persons. In this situation, housing 9 or 10 people would not be wise as you would risk overwhelming your system.

Can my septic system handle a home daycare?

Your system was not designed to handle 10 to 14 kids using the system 10 hours a day, 5 days a week.

How much laundry can my system handle?

Your system is not intended to be support a laundromat. In fact, you probably shouldn't do more than a couple loads of laundry a day. We recommend that you spread your laundry throughout the week so that you do not have to do it all in one day. Most washing machines use 70 to 100 gallons of water per load of laundry. (High efficiency, front loading washing machines are an exception as they only use 15-35 gallons per load.) Brand new, your system can only get rid of 350 gallons per day or less. Don't test it; it isn't worth it.

Will paint harm my septic system?

Don't pour any amount of paint down the sink. Even washing your paint brushes in the sink can have an impact on your system's longevity.

What kind of trash can I put in my system?

None! Don't dump any amount or type of trash into your system. This includes tampons, contraceptives, plastic wrappers, paper towels, baby wipes, diapers, sanitary napkins, cooking oil, bacon grease, cigarettes, coffee grounds, coffee filters, dental floss, etc.

Can I disc or grade near my drain field?

No. Do not disc or grade on, over or around your drain field. This may cause damage or seepage, which may mean having to buy a new system.

Do I need to be concerned about any odors emanating from my septic system?

Yes. Be aware of any odors that are coming from your system. This may be an early warning sign of system failure.

Is practicing proper maintain really that important to my septic tank?

Yes. The frequency of service intervals is crucial and directly related to the life of your system.

Do I need to know how to locate my system?

It always helps. The more detailed your records are, the easier it is to find for servicing or when repairs are needed. If you can't find your system, a septic system professional can usually provide septic tank location services.

What else do I need to know about tank?

Know your tank size: how large your tank is and how many you have. If they get flooded, they you can prepare your septic service provider, which will save you money and them time.

Should I conserve water?

Practicing water conservation and being water wise is important. Any water you don't use helps your system be more effective.

Are there any tips to learn more about a drain field or property?

Talk to your neighbors in adjacent properties about their existing conditions. Their opinions may be very insightful.

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I know it sounds weird giving a review for a septic tank company, but believe me,if you need them you need them. I've been dealing with Sludgebusters to pump out my El Cajon property for the last 20 years and they have always given me fast, courteous, and expert service. I have no qualms recommending them to anyone.I know its not a glam business but thank goodness they are there. Yes Sludge Busters is a small family run business that bends over backwards to meet your needs, and give you the service and relief that you need.

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