Yes. Access to the inlet and outlet ports of your tank is a must for inspection and maintenance. Risers and childproof access lids can be easily installed at ground level for easy access.
Possibly, but any alteration in the spray area may require a repair permit. The system is designed to be installed in specific areas and to spray a specific amount of square footage in order to meet TCEQ and local requirements. Adding spray heads or moving spray heads may not be feasible to meet those requirements.
Any alteration of the system by the homeowner, landscaper, or irrigation company will put the system out of compliance and will be at the homeowner’s expense to bring the system back into compliance.
Don’t panic! It is usually not an emergency. Press the silence button to silence the buzzer. Check the breakers to your system; sometimes short power outages can cause the alarm to activate. If the light stays on or if the buzzer sounds again, call your maintenance provider as soon as possible. Never turn the system off.
- Does the company carry general liability insurance?
- Does the company carry workers compensation insurance?
- Is the company registered with the TCEQ for hauling wastewater?
- How long has the company been in business and cleaning tanks?
- What methods are used to locate the tank?
- Does the price include finding the tank and exposing the lid(s)?
- Does the price include dumping fees?
- Does the price include any additional time on site due to locating the tank or a tank with very heavy sludge?
- Are their hoses long enough to reach the tank without driving over your lawn?
- Do they carry extra lids on the truck in case yours breaks?
- Do they check the inside of the tank for baffles, walls, cracks, leaks, roots, etc.?
- Do they pump the tank though the tank lid(s) or the cleanout?
- Do they wash out the tank after it is pumped?
- Will they remind you the next time your tank should be cleaned?
- Do you have to be there when they clean the tank?
The question should be “How do I know how much sludge is in my tank?”
The liquid level in your tank should always be at its normal level, which is at the outlet pipe (unless you are having a backup from the absorption area). So, lets say you have a 1000-gallon tank. The tank will be filled to 1000-gallons, at the level of the outlet pipe. When your tank is cleaned it will be empty. Once you use 1000-gallons (or however many gallons your tank holds to the outlet pipe), the tank will be filled to its normal level. The amount of sludge in the tank determines when the tank is pumped, not when it is “full.”
Some liquids will remain on the bottom of the tank, simply because it is impossible to leave the tank completely dry. The bacteria that remains in liquid helps keep your tank clean.