Q- How often should my septic tank be pumped?
A- The frequency of pumping is different for each household. A family of six would be on a more frequent pumping schedule, than a family of two. It all depends on usage. If your septic tank has a effluent filter, you may need to have your filter cleaned inbetween pumpouts- even if you are a family of two. We are typically able to establish a pumping and filter cleaning schedule after your first appointment.
Q- I recieved a notice in the mail from my town, requiring me to have my septic tank inspected. Why do I need to have this done, and what if the inspection does not pass?
A- Each town has their own set of regulations regarding septic inspections. Even though they all vary, the over goal is to ensure the safety of the residents and the enviornment. During an inspection, we are able to determine if a septic system is in good working order, or not. If a septic system/cesspool fails inspection, the homeowner will be required to have it replaced. The timeline for this varies with each town.
For more information regarding First Maintenance and Routine Maintenance Inspections, visit your town's website to review their specific OWTS regulations.
Q- I am in the process of buying a home. Is it neccesary and/or mandatory to have the septic system inspected before the closing?
A- Currently, Charlestown is the only town that requires a Functional Inspection to be conducted before a property can be bought or sold. The seller and purchaser will need to decide who will be responsible for having the inpection done.
As this inspection is not mandatory for the remaining towns, we highly recommend to home buyers to have one done, before purchasing a home. We feel that it is important for homebuyers to know what type of system they have as well as how to best maintain it- to promote longevity. It is a small price to pay, that could potentially save a big headache in the future.
For other frequently asked questions, visit Rhode Islands Department of Enviornmental Management website