What is a Septic Tank?

The septic tank is a buried, watertight container typically made of concrete, fiberglass, or polyethylene. It holds the wastewater from the house long enough to allow solids to settle out (forming sludge) and toilet paper, oil and grease to float to the surface (as scum).  After the solids and scum are caught, the wastewater then travels by gravity or is pumped to a drain field, a lagoon, or other systems. Septic tanks also allow for partial decomposition of the solid materials.

Compartments and a T-shaped outlet in the septic tank prevent the sludge and scum from leaving the tank and traveling into the drain field area.

Maintenance Frequency

In order for the septic system to function properly, it is important to have periodic maintenance of your septic tank. The frequency depends on several factors including: size/capacity of tank, how many people use it and the volume of solids and scum in the wastewater. For example, heavy toilet paper use builds the scum layer quickly.  On average, a septic tank should be cleaned every 3-4 years.  Alternative systems with electrical float switches, pumps, or mechanical components need to be inspected more often, generally once a year.  Proper cleaning can also prolong the life of your pumps in these alternative systems.  Often there are filters that need cleaned, and it is important to have the tank checked for leaks.  

Service Records

We keep a record of all service provided so you can schedule regular maintenance and prolong the life of your septic system. Our knowledgeable staff can address any questions you may have. Call us today at: 573-474-5489. Our regular operation hours are Monday through Friday 8:00 am – 4:30 pm. We also offer emergency service and are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Sometimes people move from the city and public sewer systems to the county and now have their own septic tanks and drain fields.  They need to know that excessive water use, using the garbage disposal too much and flushing hand wipes all can cause septic system failure. 

Costly Backups

Maintaining your septic system protects your investment in your home.  Too often, septic tanks are not maintained, and then costly sewage backups occur in homes costing thousands of dollars in restoration costs.  Nobody is happy with sewage in the basement! Sometimes, due to lack of maintenance, the drain field becomes clogged and nasty sewage wet spots can occur in your yard.  If the system is designed, constructed, and maintained properly, it can provide long-term, effective treatment of household wastewater. If your septic system is not maintained, you might need to replace it, costing you thousands of dollars. A malfunctioning system can contaminate groundwater that might be a source of drinking water. And if you sell your home, your septic system should be in good working order.

Kevin CookeKevin Cooke
23:44 24 Oct 23
Great service ,fast and reasonable
Paul DeanPaul Dean
13:36 01 Sep 23
They came out. We talked about the project, they gave me an estimate. They showed up when they said they would. Project was completed as promised. It ended up costing slightly less than the estimate.
Ken SiphoKen Sipho
01:47 31 Mar 23
Awesome service! Highly recommended, will definitely be using them again.
Chip PulliamChip Pulliam
12:53 13 Jan 23
Great to work with. Kyle was awesome. He was very knowledgeable and on time.
Nancy StraubNancy Straub
20:15 09 Nov 22
Michael EllisMichael Ellis
20:05 25 May 22
Cody was really incredible to work with! He took the time to walk us through the maintenance that needed to be done and explained how our system worked so that we can better maintain it in the future. He was also just a pleasure to chat with. I can't see myself referring or suggesting anyone else besides Cody for lagoon/septic maintenance.
Jim KomeJim Kome
01:11 21 Jan 21
We were new to the septic system world and Cody and Mike came out to help us pump out the septic system. They were very friendly and helpful. Cody explained how our septic system worked and how we should maintain it. They worked HARD on getting our system completely cleaned out rather than just pumping out the water. They finished the job completely and came back and installed risers a few days later to leave us with a fully functional system. I'll sleep much better at night. These guys were on-time, gave a thorough explanation of what they were doing, reasonably priced, and really worked hard to dig out two access spots that were 18-24 inches deep under the soil. Going to use them for everything septic related. Great experience!
Jared WyattJared Wyatt
23:40 25 Dec 20
Called 12/23/20 at 4:45pm. Owner answered & asked me about issues. He offered to come that night if I needed. I told him I could wait & they were there the very next morning at 9am like they said they would be. Codie was very helpful/knowledgeable about issues & explained what was going on. Will definitely be using them again on a preventative basis & highly recommend them for any issues.