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FAQ About Our Septic Tank Service in Danbury, CT

Many different systems must come together in a home or commercial property for it to deliver all of the conveniences we’ve come to expect. Heating, electrical, and plumbing systems are perfect examples. They are vital, but unless you’re trained in those fields, they are somewhat mysterious. At PJ's PortaJohns & Septic Service, we get plenty of customer questions about our septic tank service in Danbury, CT. We’ve decided to answer a few of them here.

Q: How does a septic tank work?
A: Waste from the household goes into the concrete tank. Heavy materials settle to the bottom of the tank, where they are digested by naturally occurring bacteria. Soaps, fats, and oils float to the surface. Partially treated wastewater sits between the bottom sludge layer and the floating layer. The wastewater is eventually released into the drain field.

Q: Should I have septic service for my system?
A: Yes. Septic tanks should be regularly pumped out. If they are not routinely serviced, there is a risk that the pipes into the drain field can be blocked, damaging the field. This can also contaminate groundwater and lead to expensive repair and remediation work to your property.

Q: How often should I have my system cleaned?
A: That depends on the size of the tank and the usage the system gets. Smaller tanks, or systems dealing with large volumes of material, should be pumped out more regularly. A general rule is once every three to five years, but as we mentioned, that is contingent on the tank itself and how much waste it receives.