Septic System Care

by | Feb 22, 2021 | Septic Care | 0 comments

Septic System CareThere are many advantages to being on a septic system, but if you just recently moved into a home that has a septic system, you should know that there are some things about septic systems that are quite different from being on city or municipal water management systems. If you are used to conveniences like using a garbage disposal, powdered detergents, doing all of your laundry on the same day, or being part of a family that takes long showers, converting to a septic system can deliver a bit of a shock. Also, if your home habits have resulted in a problem developing with your septic system, Dan’s Plumbing & Septic is here to help.

How Does A Septic System Work

Septic systems work by separating waste produced in the home into three different layers. Those layers are:

Solids, which settle on the bottom of the septic tank because of their greater weight and are decomposed by microorganisms. Using soaps and detergents that are labeled as ‘antiseptic’ upsets the chemical balance in the septic system and can prevent the microorganisms from doing their job of breaking down solid waste.
Effluents, which form the middle layer of the waste produced in the home. Effluents are flushed out of your septic tank through perforations in the underground piping, ending up in the drainage field.
Scum, the oily, greasy layer that floats on the top layer of your septic tank. Household greases and oils are extremely harmful to the aerobic balance of your septic system, which is why it is so important to never use your septic system to dispose of garbage.

How to Avoid Septic Syatem Problems

To avoid septic system problems or failure, proper care must be taken of your system. We recommend the following:

1. If you have a garbage disposal, consider disconnecting it or have it removed.
2. Use only liquid detergents. Powdered detergents reform into solids once they reach your septic system, and that can lead to clogs, overflows, and failure of your system.
3. Clean the lint filter on your clothes dryer after every load to avoid lint getting into your septic system and clogging it.
4. Distribute your clothes washing throughout the week to avoid overtaxing your septic system. Water conservation in general is highly recommended (for all people, but especially for people who live in homes that have septic systems).
5. Do not use antibacterial soaps. They can upset the chemical balance of your septic tank.

If you have questions, call Dan’s Plumbing & Septic at (763) 434-6814 to schedule a septic system assessment.

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"I have been a loyal customer of Dans Sewer Service for nearly two decades for the simple reason of extraordinary customer service. I call and the response is immediate, professional, and geared to accommodate my schedule. Dan handles all the paperwork for the mandatory inspection required by the State every three years, is respectful of my lawn and landscape when providing pumping services, and is friendly and courteous. I do not even think of calling someone else when I need assistance or services for my septic system."


— Nyle, Blaine, MN

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"I have been a loyal customer of Dans Sewer Service for nearly two decades for the simple reason of extraordinary customer service. I call and the response is immediate, professional, and geared to accommodate my schedule. Dan handles all the paperwork for the mandatory inspection required by the State every three years, is respectful of my lawn and landscape when providing pumping services, and is friendly and courteous. I do not even think of calling someone else when I need assistance or services for my septic system." — Nyle, Blaine, MN

"Dans Sewer Service has always been knowledgeable and prompt when dealing with our maintenance and emergency issues, both in our commercial and residential operations."


— Mark and Wendy, Ham Lake, MN

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"Dans Sewer Service has always been knowledgeable and prompt when dealing with our maintenance and emergency issues, both in our commercial and residential operations." — Mark and Wendy, Ham Lake, MN

"I’ve used Dans Sewer Service since we bought our property (20 years ago). He is reliable, fast, and pleasant. I’m completely satisfied with the service."


— Ellen, Ramsey, MN

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"I’ve used Dans Sewer Service since we bought our property (20 years ago). He is reliable, fast, and pleasant. I’m completely satisfied with the service." — Ellen, Ramsey, MN

"Dans Sewer Service is great! Scheduling is easy and the truck is always on time. The service call is quick and the technician is efficient and always friendly! Thanks Dans!"


— Lynn, Ham Lake, MN

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"Dans Sewer Service is great! Scheduling is easy and the truck is always on time. The service call is quick and the technician is efficient and always friendly! Thanks Dans!" — Lynn, Ham Lake, MN

"I have managed a mobile home park since 1988 in Anoka County. Dans Sewer Service was one of the first companies I ordered after I found how unreliable the past service was. Dans has been under contract with me ever since and has pumped our sludge tank, repaired sewer lines, cleaned out manholes, maintained sewer stacks on empty lots and has always found the time to "come when called". I highly recommend Dans Sewer Service to any commercial or private property."


— Jim, East Bethel, MN

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2020-05-22T18:15:18-05:00
"I have managed a mobile home park since 1988 in Anoka County. Dans Sewer Service was one of the first companies I ordered after I found how unreliable the past service was. Dans has been under contract with me ever since and has pumped our sludge tank, repaired sewer lines, cleaned out manholes, maintained sewer stacks on empty lots and has always found the time to "come when called". I highly recommend Dans Sewer Service to any commercial or private property." — Jim, East Bethel, MN

"Twenty years ago we were referred to Dans Sewer Service and first met Jerry. We were new homeowners with a new septic system. Not only did Jerry teach us how to best maintain our system, but he responded to septic emergencies over the years quickly and efficiently. We feel a friendship has developed over the years based on trust, dependability and fine service. Thank you, Jerry of Dans Sewer Service!"


— Tim and Cherie, North Oaks, MN

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2020-05-22T18:15:36-05:00
"Twenty years ago we were referred to Dans Sewer Service and first met Jerry. We were new homeowners with a new septic system. Not only did Jerry teach us how to best maintain our system, but he responded to septic emergencies over the years quickly and efficiently. We feel a friendship has developed over the years based on trust, dependability and fine service. Thank you, Jerry of Dans Sewer Service!" — Tim and Cherie, North Oaks, MN

"This letter is to thank you for your continued service. I am so relieved that I can call Dans Sewer Service whenever there is a problem. Dans Sewer Service is always willing to come as soon as possible. Dans Sewer Service does an excellent job at keeping our septic in working order. I recommend Dans Sewer Service to anyone who asks if I know a good septic pumper. Thank you again for being so professional and considerate."


— Betty, Anoka, MN

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2020-05-22T18:15:55-05:00
"This letter is to thank you for your continued service. I am so relieved that I can call Dans Sewer Service whenever there is a problem. Dans Sewer Service is always willing to come as soon as possible. Dans Sewer Service does an excellent job at keeping our septic in working order. I recommend Dans Sewer Service to anyone who asks if I know a good septic pumper. Thank you again for being so professional and considerate." — Betty, Anoka, MN
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