Septic System FAQ’s
How often should I have my system pumped?
A basic septic system maintenance schedule is determined by the number of occupants in the household, the daily water usage and the amount of stress place on the sytem. A general rule of thumb is that the system should be pumped every two to three years, on average.
Should I be putting something in my system to help it?
With all the antibacterial products we use today we recommend using bacteria treatments to find the right balance your septic system needs to work properly and prolong the life of your septic system. But in no way are good bacteria treatments an alternative to regular system pumping and maintenance.
I have a cesspool or older septic system, do they all fail inspection because of MA Title 5 regulations?
The answer is no. Only those that exhibit signs of hydraulic failure, that are located extremely close to a private or public water supply or fail to protect or pose a threat to public health, safety, the environment or increase in design flow must be upgraded
- Mass.gov Septic Systems/Title 5
- RI DEM- Homeowners Standards/Improvement Guide
- Massachusetts Association of Onsite Wastewater Professionals
- Septic Smart – EPA