Frequently Asked Questions
What type of maintenance does my septic system need?
A septic tank in Spalding County or the surrounding counties should be inspected yearly and pumped at least every three years to function properly. Brownlee Septic offers affordable maintenance service programs at reasonable rates. Most people don't inspect their tanks unless they are selling their home or once they begin experiencing issues. Regular maintenance is the key.
What happens during a septic system inspection?
Our inspector will assess your septic tank to determine the level of solids and evaluate the inlet, outlet, tank divider, and general condition of the tank. The system’s drain and drain piping are also inspected to check its general condition. As a result, septic tank inspections efficiently identify a relatively minor problem before it develops into a more extensive, expensive repair.
What does septic tank pumping do?
Brownlee Septic's septic tank pumping service removes all sludge, waste,e, and scum from the tank to keep drinking water safe and the system functioning at peak performance.
How often do I need to clean my septic tank?
Experts recommend that septic tanks and drain fields in Spalding County be cleaned every 3 years thoroughly. Regular cleaning and inspection significantly reduce the need for expensive repairs later on. The frequency required for pumping depends on the size of your tank and your level of water use. Call Brownlee Septic at (678) 603-8254 for more information.
What else can I do to ensure that my septic tank lasts longer?
Limit the disposal of large amounts of paints, oils, fats, and harsh chemicals that can cause an imbalance of micro-organisms necessary for the optimal breakdown of solid waste in the septic system.
What does it mean if my septic tank smells bad?
In general, a septic tank should function without any unpleasant odor. Foul odors emanating from a septic system usually indicate a need for pumping and repair. Call (678) 603-8254 for immediate assistance in Spalding County and surrounding counties.
Things to do to help your system:
- Liquid Detergent only for washing machine
- Liquid Detergent only for dishwasher
- 1 ply toilet paper (Angel soft or Scott)
- Pre-wipe grease pots and pans
- Pour rock salt in the toilet every six months if there are trees or shrubbier around the pipes or septic to avoid root clogs.
- Pump out septic every 3 years
Signs your tank needs pumping:
- Pooling water
- Foul odors that won't go away
- Slow drains
- Sewage back-up
- Gurgling sounds
Things not to do to your system:
- Be careful of what septic treatments you use
- Do not use thick 2-ply toilet paper
- Do not pour any grease into the sink or toilet
- No powder detergents for washer or dishwasher
- No baby wipes, wet ones, feminine products, or latex products (none of these items dissolve)
- No cigarette butts or toys
- No paint
- No syringes
Things to consider...
Please be aware that using the washing machine constantly strains the field lines. Using excessive water does not allow the field lines to drain properly or dry up. This is especially true when the ground is saturated with rainwater. Therefore, limit your water usage during this time. Also, get a septic inspection before purchasing your home to ensure the previous owner did septic pumping within the last 3 to 5 years.
We service the following counties: Spalding, Clayton, Henry, Fayette, Pike, Butts, Lamar, Monroe, Newton, and Coweta.