Septic Services

Johnson Johns & Septic Service has been pumping septic tanks for over 15 years. Our technicians are well trained in septic system operations to best serve all your septic needs. We recommend pumping your tank every 1-3 years based on the size of the household. We also encourage the use of Bio Tabs, which will help to extend the life of your system. Call us today to schedule your next septic service!

We do not land apply any waste. All waste is treated at a licensed waste water treatment plant.
We carry 200 feet of suction hose on our trucks, so we can service tanks in almost any location.
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Waste flows for the house into the septic tank. Here, most of the solids are separated to the bottom and are partially decomposed by bacteria to form sludge. Some solids float and form a scum layer on top of the water. The liquid effluent (waste water) from the septic tank is discharged into the soil absorption field. Here the water is further purified by filtration and decomposition by micro-organisms in the soil. The purified water then moves to the groundwater system. This is the last line of defense to prevent polluted waste from entering lakes, streams, and groundwater.


The Do‘s and Dont's of Proper Septic Upkeep

Your septic system, the right way:

  1. Inspect your septic tank annually.  Generally, septic tanks should be pumped every 1 to 3 years.  An inspection by you or a professional may show that you need to pump more frequently.  Regular pumping ensures that solids will not flow from the septic tank into the drainfield.  Solids can destroy the drainfield, and once a drainfield has failed, pumping will not bring it back to life.
  2. Use less water.  Reducing the amount of wastewater entering your septic system may increase its lifespan, as excessive water is a major cause of system failure.  Too much water from laundry, dishwasher, toilets, baths and showers may not allow enough time for sludge and scum to separate, causing solids to pass out of the tank into the drainfield, ultimately clogging the pipes.
  3. Direct water from downspouts and roofs away from the drainfield.  Additional water from these sources may prevent your drainfield from working properly.
  4. Keep cars off the septic tank and drainfield areas.  This prevents pipes from breaking and soil from becoming compacted.  Compacted soils can’t absorb water from the drainfield.
  5. Use phosphate-free detergent. Phosphorus is harmful to the environment, as it can deplete oxygen which is vital to fish and other aquatic organisms.  The use of phosphate-free detergents also helps prevent algae problems in nearby lakes and streams.
  6. Install risers for easy access.  Risers from the tank lids to the soil surface make maintenance easier.

Your septic system, the wrong way:

  1. Don’t overuse your garbage disposal system.  A garbage disposal adds solids and grease to your system, which could lead to drainfield failure.
  2. Don’t dispose of water from hot tubs into the on-site sewage system.   Large volumes of water are harmful to the system, and the chlorine can destroy important bacteria in the system.  Drain hot tubs onto the ground, away from the drainfield and not into a storm drain.
  3. Don’t flush solid wastes into the septic system.  These include diapers, cigarette butts, coffee grounds, tampons, condoms, and grease.
  4. Don’t put strong chemicals, such as cleaning products, down the drain.  Household chemicals, such as drain cleaners, paint thinners, and floor cleaners can destroy important bacteria in your septic tank and contaminate ground and surface water.
  5. Don’t construct patios, carports, or use landscaping plastic over the drainfield. Grass is the best cover for your septic tank and drainfield.  Soil compaction and paving prevents oxygen from getting into the soil.  This oxygen is needed by bacteria to break down and treat sewage.