Septic System

Septic systems are complicated, especially to the untrained eye. Septic systems typically have two major components: a septic tank and a subsurface disposal field (commonly referred to as a leach field). The tank is a watertight receptacle designed to receive domestic wastes. The lighter solids called scum (mainly grease) floats to the top, while the heavy solids settle to the bottom where bacterial action partially converts them to digested sludge. The liquid portion in the middle called effluent or “grey water” flows out of the tank through solid and perforated pipes to the leach field which is composed of sewer rock. Here, remaining solids further decompose and the liquid is absorbed into the soil, evaporates, or is taken up by plants.

Over time, the leach field can become damaged or clogged due to age or buildup of material. A full septic tank can cause problems by allowing solid waste and sludge to overflow into the drain field. This is commonly seen in septic systems that are more than 20 years old.

Over time, the leach field can become damaged or clogged due to age or buildup of material. A full septic tank can cause problems by allowing solid waste and sludge to overflow into the drain field. This is commonly seen in septic systems that are more than 20 years old.

Instead of replacing the lines at a significant cost, it is often possible to clean and renew a clogged septic leach field by using a trailer-mounted high-pressure hydrojetter. The jetter nozzle will blast the pipe with upwards of 20 gallons of water per minute at 4000 psi in a full 360 degrees to thoroughly clean and restore the full capacity of the line. We recommend having your septic tank pumped prior to having the leach field jetted. In addition, it is important that all access points are exposed prior to the arrival of our technician. This includes the front baffle, lid, rear baffle, and distribution box.

Jetting your entire tank and leach field will cost $350, with no hidden fees or taxes1.

Over time, the leach field can become damaged or clogged due to age or buildup of material. A full septic tank can cause problems by allowing solid waste and sludge to overflow into the drain field. This is commonly seen in septic systems that are more than 20 years old.

Instead of replacing the lines at a significant cost, it is often possible to clean and renew a clogged septic leach field by using a trailer-mounted high-pressure hydrojetter. The jetter nozzle will blast the pipe with upwards of 20 gallons of water per minute at 4000 psi in a full 360 degrees to thoroughly clean and restore the full capacity of the line. We recommend having your septic tank pumped prior to having the leach field jetted. In addition, it is important that all access points are exposed prior to the arrival of our technician. This includes the front baffle, lid, rear baffle, and distribution box.

Jetting your entire tank and leach field will cost $350, with no hidden fees or taxes1.

plumbers working together to drain a septic tank

Notes

1. Please call our office to confirm pricing over the phone. We charge a reasonable fee to cover gas for jobs outside of Davis, Weber, and Morgan Counties. We also charge a $50 overtime fee for cabling and a $75 overtime fee for jetting if you need service on nights, weekends, or holidays.