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Septic Tank Installation

Roughly a third of all new home buyers are choosing the economical and environmental benefits of using a septic tank system to recycle their home’s wastewater. Whether you’re building a new home with a septic system or replacing an existing one, here are a few things to know about the different components and operations of septic systems.

What are the different parts of a septic tank system? 

There are four main components in a septic tank system.
  • Main drain: This is where all of the different pipes in your house lead to. All of your home’s wastewater will flow through the main drain into the septic tank.
  • Septic tank: The tank will be located several feet away from your home, depending on local building ordinances. There will be a cap for pumping and inspection access. The wastewater will collect in the tank, letting the solids settle on the bottom. The water on top will then be distributed into the drain field.
  • Drainfield: Sometimes referred to as a leach field, will be in a large area of your yard. It’s a specifically designed system of various materials that will distribute the wastewater slowly into the soil.
  • Soil: The soil beneath the drain field will remove the contaminants from the wastewater. The water will eventually be purified before it reaches the groundwater.
How long will the system last? 
The longevity of the septic tank system depends on what the tank is made of and the specifics of the soil in the drain field. Tanks made of steel might only last 15 to 20 years. You’ll get a longer life out of a concrete or plastic tank, as they can last for 40 years or longer.
What size septic tank do you need? 
The size of the tank will depend on the size of your home and how many bedrooms it has or the designed flow derived by the Local Health Department. Most septic tanks will hold at least 750 gallons. The most common size is around 1000 gallons but can be as large as 1250 gallons or more depending on Health Department requirements. The most important thing is to have a tank that will support the home’s actual water usage.
Give us a call today for all of your septic tank and septic system installation needs. Whether you’re looking for septic system pumping, inspection, repair, or installation, our local septic system installers will be at your service with unparalleled service and communication. We’re even available 24-hours a day for any emergency septic system issues!

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Septic Tank Pumping 

At Full Circle Environmental, we cover an extensive territory with regular availability for all septic pumping needs.  Whether it’s routine maintenance or emergency pumping needs, Full Circle Environmental has you covered!
When your septic system is running as it should, you probably do not think about it very much. Yet every time you turn on a faucet or flush a toilet, wastewater from your house is running into the septic tank. Solids sink to the bottom, and the water flows out into the drainfield. Over time, the number of solids can build up, blocking the flow of water.  Regular pumping and routine filter service/cleaning is an important practice to prevent wastewater from backing into your home.
Regular septic pumping, the removal of the solids in the septic tank, will prevent problems before they start. The EPA recommends regular septic pumping every three to five years, depending on the number of people living in the home. Full Circle Environmental has the tools and experience to pump your tank and dispose of the waste with the upmost regard to our environmental quality.
Common signs that you might need septic pumping include
  • Wastewater backup in your house
  • Sinks that drain slowly
  • A strong smell near the septic tank
  • Standing water or mud near the tank
24/7 Septic Service 
At Full Circle Environmental, we have you covered. Our technicians will drive out anytime, day or night, to ensure your system is functioning as it should as well as address issues that come up during after hours.
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Septic Tank Inspection

NC Septic Tank Inspections
If your home has a septic tank system, you are experiencing some benefits. For one thing, you do not have a monthly sewer bill. Also, the wastewater from your home is being disposed of in an age-old, eco-friendly manner allowing the earth’s soils to filter out contaminants. As long as you take care of the system, it should take care of you for many years. A regularly scheduled septic tank inspection is the best way to make sure that everything is working as it should. Here are some things that you might be interested in knowing about regarding septic tanks inspections.

How often should a septic tank be inspected?  

Unless you’ve had issues in the past, you should have a routine septic tank inspection at least once a year. The inspector will need to access the tank(s) in order to perform the inspection.
How long does an inspection take?  
A few different factors affect how long it will take. It can take as little as an hour, or as long as three hours, or more. It depends on the complexities of your particular tank, and if any issues are found that need to be investigated.
What is inspected? 
    • The inspector will check the solids levels in the tank. Waste settles at the bottom of your tank while floatables such as grease and food form a scum layer. Once certain levels in the tank are reached, pumping may be required (usually every three to seven years).
    • They’ll check the ground around the tank to make sure that there isn’t any raw sewage leaking out of the tank.
    • If the tank is empty at the time of the inspection, the inspector may determine if groundwater is leaking into the septic tank.
    • The inspector will make inspect all access openings and lids
    • The inlet and outlet pipes may be observed making sure they are connected and operational.
    • Any pumps, controls, treatment or filtration components may be observed and checked for operation
    • The drainfield will be inspected for saturation, vegetation, and depressions.
The goal of these inspections is to identify any issues before they become larger problems that could lead to an expensive repair.
  • Tank lids may have become compromised over time making the system unsafe or vulnerable to infiltration such as stormwater.
  • There could be sewage on the ground around the tank or in the yard over the drain field. This could indicate a potential septic failure.
  • There could system blockages causing poor plumbing performance.
  • There is an ideal level for the wastewater in the septic tank. If it’s too high, it’s not draining correctly towards the drain field. And, if it’s too low, the tank could be cracked.
Give us a call today and we’ll schedule your NC septic inspection. At Full Circle Environmental, we apply our environmentally-friendly methods combined with our customer-oriented approach to every job. We’re even available 24-hours a day for any emergency septic tank needs. We look forward to taking care of all of your septic tank’s inspection needs.

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Septic Tank Repair & Modifying 

Septic Tank Repair

Full Circle Environmental has all the resources needed to tackle any repair, modification, or upgrade to an existing system.  With property maintenance, septic systems can last many years; however, repairs and upgrades are often necessary to enhance the lifespan and a functioning of each component.  Examples of such are access risers, distribution boxes, filters, and control panels.

Septic systems are not designed to forever. Most homeowners can expect the need to repair or replace a system or component at some point. If the septic system is designed and installed properly, then the chances for success is much greater. Tree root intrusion, saturated soils and heavy rainfall, excessive water usage, and water table variations are all factors that can severely reduce the lifespan of a septic system.

 

Hydro Jetting

Septic hydro jetting is a plumbing service that involves using high water pressure to clean pipes and drains. Hydro jetting will help keep your septic clean tank clean.
Benefits of Hydro Jetting 
It is Effective 
There’re a variety of remedies that can be used for clogs. This includes snaking, plunging and using chemical drain cleaners. However, none of these methods are more effective than hydro jetting. The traditional methods often leave behind residue. Any residue that is left behind can cause a clog. Hydro jetting can remove all of the residues.
It Helps You Save Money 
Hydro jetting can help you save a lot of money in the long run. Because hydro jetting clears pipes, it can prevent you from having problems in the future. One plumbing issue can cost thousands of dollars to fix.
Hydro jetting is considered preventative maintenance. That’s why it’s good to get hydro jetting even if your septic tank does not have any problems.
It is Sanitary 
Every plumber knows that any job that they do can be classified as dirty work. However, traditional drain cleaning methods can have the homeowner coming in contact with sewage and debris. Hydro jetting protects the homeowner and plumber because it is a more sanitary process. There will be less to clean up after the service is completed.
It is Environmentally Friendly 
Water is not environmental waste, however, the chemicals that are used during other plumbing services can contaminate the environment. Hydro jetting does not contaminate the environment because the only thing that is used is water.
If you are in need of septic hydro jetting in Raleigh, then call Full Circle Environmental. We offer emergency services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Signs You Need to Get Your Septic Tank Cleaned

Clogged Pipes 
You likely have a clog in your tub or sink if you notice that it is taking longer for it to drain. This may also be caused by a clog in your septic tank. If you have a clog, then it is time for you to get hydro jetting. This service will get rid of the clog, clear out your pipes and allow your septic system to function properly.
You Notice a Foul Odor 
If you notice a foul odor in your yard, then your septic tank is probably full. When waste products stay inside a pipe, they can become moldy and stale. You may also notice that you have odors in your kitchen and bathroom.
Many people try to get rid of the odors by using lemons and other household remedies. However, the odor will keep coming back until the cause of it is corrected. You can get rid of the odors by getting hydro jetting.
There is Water Pooling in Your Yard 
When the tank gets full, the water will end up on the surface. If you notice that there is a lot of water in your yard, then it is likely time for you to get hydro jetting.
Hard Water 
Hard water is caused by too much magnesium and calcium. You may notice a scaly residue in your washing machine and on your dishes. It is best for you to get hydro jetting sooner rather than later. Hard water can ruin your appliances and make them less effective.
Lush Lawn 
Everyone wants to have a lush lawn. However, this can be a sign of a clogged septic tank.
The lawn is being nourished by whatever is coming out of your septic tank. You can correct this problem by getting hydro jetting.

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