Septic Tank Services

When you turn on the faucet or flush the toilet, it’s easy to disregard the path the water will take once it enters your drainage system. However, if you have a septic tank, it’s important that you ensure everything is working properly at all times.

Here are questions to ask yourself when your septic tank gives you trouble.

When was the last time you had your system pumped out?

How often you need pumping depends on a few factors, such as:

  • How many people live in your household
  • How much wastewater goes into the septic tank
  • Length of showers
  • How often the dishwasher runs, etc.

Frequency of pumping depends on the size of the tank and the number of people using it. Most tanks require pumping every 3 to 5 years.


If your septic tank was pumped out in the last year or two, it is unlikely that it is already full. So you are most likely have some sort of a clog between the house and the septic tank or even in one of the branch drainage pipes between rooms and plumbing fixtures.

Tank or Line Leaks

If you have green grass, especially brightly colored grass when all other vegetation is dead or dried up, it could mean your septic tank has a leak in it or your lateral lines are receiving far too much wastewater downstream from the septic tank and are saturating your yard. You might even find puddles or raw sewage on your lawn, which is a dangerous environmental hazard.


Tree roots are incredibly resilient. They have a tendency to wrap around or drill right through whatever is in their way. If you’re not careful, your septic system could end up being in the wrong backyard at the wrong time.

If treated and maintained properly, your septic system will last you several decades. However, it’s important that you don’t let common septic tank problems decrease the system’s life span. If you suspect a clog, tree root infiltration or a tank leak, reach out to us at On Target. We can diagnose the problem and fix the issue.