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NC Septic Tank Inspection

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.

Septic Tank Pumping 

At Full Circle Environmental, we cover an extensive territory with regular availability for all septic tank 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 drain field. Over time, the number of solids can build up, blocking the flow of water. Regular septic tank pumping and routine filter service and cleaning is an important practice to prevent wastewater from backing into your home!

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

Contact our team to schedule a septic tank pumping service today! 
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Septic Tank Repair & Modifying 

Full Circle Environmental has all the resources needed to tackle any septic tank 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 last 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.

If you're in need of a septic tank repair or modification for your home, give our team a call today!


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, trust Full Circle Environmental to provide quality septic tank installation service.

We’re also available 24-hours a day for any emergency septic system issues!
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Septic Tank Maintenance

Proper septic tank maintenance is important to ensure the system functions efficiently and to protect the environment and public health.

Full Circle Environmental LLC has these recommendations for septic tank maintenance:

Regular Inspection: Have a licensed septic system professional inspect your system regularly. In North Carolina, it's recommended to have your septic tank inspected every 3-5 years.

Pumping: Septic tanks need to be pumped out periodically to remove accumulated solids. The frequency of pumping depends on factors like tank size, household size, and water usage. As a general guideline, it's recommended to pump your tank every 3-5 years.

Water Conservation: Be mindful of water usage. Avoid excessive water use, such as long showers or leaving taps running unnecessarily. Fix any leaks promptly.

Proper Disposal: Avoid flushing non-biodegradable items like sanitary products, wipes, diapers, and chemicals down the toilet. These can clog the system.

Landscaping: Avoid planting trees or shrubs with deep roots near the septic system. Roots can infiltrate and damage pipes and the tank.

Drainfield Protection: Do not drive or park heavy vehicles on top of the drainfield, as this can compact the soil and disrupt the drainage process.

Avoid Harmful Chemicals: Avoid pouring chemicals like bleach, solvents, paints, and pharmaceuticals down the drain. These can disrupt the natural biological processes in the septic tank.

Address Problems Promptly: If you notice any signs of septic system issues, such as slow drains, odors, or wet spots in the yard, address them promptly. Delaying repairs can lead to more extensive and costly problems.

Give Full Circle Environmental  a call today!


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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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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