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Everything You Never Knew You Wanted to Know About Septic Tanks

Living in North Platte has a ton of benefits. Sure, it’s not so small that you know every single person in town, but it’s pretty close! And this friendly hometown attitude is framed against the backdrop of the breathtaking Nebraskan scenery.

The worst part?

Well, not everybody has the luxury of being hooked up to the municipal water supply.

Luckily for us, there’s a convenient technology that keeps our wastewater away from our drinking water: septic tanks. But many Nebraskans don’t know the first thing about how they work or how they keep your North Platte home functional and safe to live in.

Well, we at South Platte Excavating are the undisputed septic tank experts for North Platte and beyond, so we prepared this handy guide to the most common questions we hear people ask about their septic tanks. Take a look-see and let us know what you think!

What Does a Septic Tank Do?

A septic tank, simply put, is a large metal or concrete basin that is buried deep under the soil. This tank holds all the wastewater that your house produces, whether it’s from the bathroom or the kitchen! The solids and the liquids get separated from the mixture, and the liquids are filtered out into a special drainage area.

So, basically, it’s a pretty nasty place and not somewhere you’d want to take a swim!

Do Septic Tanks Need to Be Pumped Out?

It’d be amazing if everyone’s septic tank worked forever without any maintenance. Unfortunately, all that waste has to go somewhere. As we said above, the liquid in your septic tank is filtered out into the drainage area. But the solids—food waste and human waste—stay in the tank and break down into sludge over time. But as this layer builds up, your tank filters less effectively. In rare cases, it can even overfill and explode!

Regular pumping is necessary to keep your tank working the way it should. Experts estimate that an average-sized tank should be pumped out by a septic tank company every two to three years.

Can Septic Tanks Freeze?

You bet they can. When the temperature drops below freezing, if you haven’t taken special measures to keep your septic tank warm or added special fluid, the liquid may freeze. If this happens you’ll know shortly, because you’ll have a big mess on your hands.

Are Septic Tanks Supposed to Smell?

If all is working well, your septic tank should be odorless. If you are smelling a foul smell (best described as ‘sewage gas), something has gone wrong. It is likely that bacteria are producing gas through a layer of trapped grease. Don’t ignore this problem, as it will only get worse until you call a septic expert.

Your Septic Tank Experts

South Platte Excavating has been serving the residents of North Platte and helping them with septic tank repair, maintenance, and installation for a long time. If you have more questions, give us a call today! And don’t forget to bookmark this page. We’ll be updating it with everything you never knew you wanted to know about septic tanks.