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FAQ's on Sewer Serviceseptic tank pumped

How often should I have my tank pumped?

My septic has an alarm, what is it for?

What can I do when my alarm goes off before Calling Mark?

How close do we have to get our truck to the tank to pump it out?

I just have little white pipes in my yard, can you pump through those?

How do I find my manhole cover?

Do I have to dig the manhole cover up every time I have my tank pumped?

What happens to the sewage after you pump it from my tank?

Do all new systems need to be a mound system?


How often should I have my septic tank pumped?
For most households every two to three (2-3) years is adequate. For businesses such as home daycares and very large households often times two (2) years or sooner. 
Limited use, for example, one or two people in a home can be done less frequently.


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My septic has an alarm, what is it for?
Alarms are typically used to signify a lift pump problem. Lift pumps are used to pump just the water out into the drain field. They maintain the correct tank level. Most systems have extra space after a pump malfunction, so you have some time to get it fixed. Limit your water use until the problem can be addressed and fixed.


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What can I do when my alarm goes off before Calling Mark?
If customers feel comfortable they can go out and check to be sure the electric is working in the electrical box near the tank. Plug something (hairdryer or drill) into the same outlet that the pump is plugged into outside.  A working appliance at the pedestal means you actually have a problem with the pump. Marks Sewer Service Inc. can fix this.


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How close do we have to get our truck to the tank to pump it out?
The maximum distance is 200 feet away; however 100 feet from the tank makes things go a lot easier.


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I just have little white pipes in my yard, can you pump through those?
These four (4) inch pipes are actually referred to as inspection pipes and not intended to be used for pumping. Our hose will fit into the pipes and can be used in an emergency. 
All tanks since the early eighties and some since the late seventies have manhole covers casted into the tops of the tanks, officially called maintenance covers. The manhole covers are what the current standard requires tanks to be cleaned out through. Most manhole covers are shallow in the ground and some are flush with the grass. However some manhole covers that have never been updated can be very deep.


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How do I find my manhole cover?
Most manhole covers are on the inlet end or in the middle of the tank. Manhole covers are usually buried 12 inches or less underground.


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Do I have to dig the manhole cover up every time I have my tank pumped?
The answer is no, current code says all new systems to have manhole covers flush with the ground. Existing tanks can be updated to this by adding a riser. A riser is an extension that fits on top of your tank, and your existing manhole cover goes back on top of the riser. It is basically a giant pipe cut to the correct length stood on end to have manhole cover flush with the ground. We carry the riser on the truck for these instances.


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What happens to the sewage after you pump it from my tank?
It is treated with hydrated lime, and turned into fertilizer.


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Do all new systems need to be a mound system?
The answer is no. The type of system depends on the type of ground.


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