Septic System Maintenance

Preventative Maintenance Programs

The septic system is one of the most important components of your house. It allows you to flush the toilet, wash the dishes, or take a shower, and it safely treats all the wastewater that these activities produce. However, the septic system is also one of the most difficult components to maintain and is possibly the most expensive system to replace. Hapchuk, Inc takes away the stress of maintaining a septic system by identifying and fixing any problems that arise. Better yet, we can prevent problems from occurring in the first place through regular maintenance. The most cost-effective way to keep your septic system operating at peak performance is by enrolling in our Preventative Maintenance Program. See the list below for the maintenance services we offer, and contact us for more information!

Sand Mound Cleaning

The septic tank is not the only component of your septic system that needs cleaned regularly. If your system has a sand mound, it is important to get it cleaned at least every 5 years. The sand mound is an above ground drain field constructed of sand with piping that runs laterally through it. If you have a small hill in your yard with white pipes poking out of it, that’s your sand mound. These pipes have small holes in them that allow wastewater from your septic tank to disperse evenly through the drain field. However, if the sand mound isn’t maintained properly, over time, these holes will clog with small particles of debris and bio-mat. This prevents wastewater effluent from being distributed evenly, causing some sections of the sand mound to be unused and other sections to be over-used. These clogs reduce the effective size of your drain field, which diminishes its ability to treat wastewater and significantly shortens its useful life.

To prevent this long-term damage, rely on Hapchuk, Inc to keep your sand mound clean and operating properly. We use state-of-the-art high-pressure water jetting equipment to power wash the inside of your sand mound piping and blast through any clogs. Even if your sand mound cleanouts are buried and you don’t know where they are, our experts can locate them and bring them to ground level. This will ensure that the cleanouts are accessible and save you money next time your sand mound needs cleaned. Remember, a well-maintained septic system can last 20 to 30 years or longer. Get the most out of your system by scheduling regular sand mound cleaning with Hapchuk, Inc!

Drip System Maintenance

Drip irrigation septic systems are the among the most complex and expensive septic systems you can get. They are often used when no other type of system will work on your property. These systems have a lot of moving parts and filters that require regular maintenance to prevent damage and ensure optimal operation. It is important to have a professional certify that all mechanical and electrical components of the drip system are functioning properly and make adjustments when necessary. Hapchuk, Inc’s highly trained technicians are the area’s leading experts on drip system technology and can perform annual maintenance inspections on your system. If we discover any broken or malfunctioning parts during our inspection, we will propose a solution and can resolve many issues the same day.

Media Filter Maintenance & Replacement

Some septic systems have a secondary treatment unit such as a free access sand filter or an Ecoflo filtering tank. If your system has one of these units, it requires regular maintenance to ensure proper function. Free access sand filters must have the sand raked annually. For Ecoflo tanks, the tipping trays and splash plates should be removed and cleaned each year, and the coconut husk or peat moss filter media must be raked level to remove any channeling that may have occured over the past year. Even with proper care, the filter media will have to be completely removed and replaced after extended use. Hapchuk, Inc has specialized equipment and trained technicians to perform annual maintenance on your secondary treatment unit and replace the filter media when necessary. 

Aerator Installation & Maintenance

Many septic systems benefit from using a septic tank aerator to introduce oxygen into the tank. Without an aerator, a septic tank is an oxygen-free environment where anaerobic bacteria can live. It’s these bacteria that naturally breakdown solids inside your septic tank. However, there is another type of bacteria, known as aerobic bacteria, that are better at breaking down organic waste. These aerobic bacteria require oxygen to survive. That’s where an aerator comes in. By injecting oxygen into your septic tank, an aerator allows aerobic bacteria to thrive and break down solids more effectively than anaerobic bacteria can in a conventional septic tank. Not only does aerobic bacteria break down more solids in your septic tank, but it also travels through to your drain field where it can help rejuvenate drain fields that have built up with bio-mat over time. The experts at Hapchuk, Inc can evaluate your septic system to see if you can benefit from an aerator. If you already have one, you can rely on us to perform the required maintenance on it or replace it when necessary.

Small Flow Treatment Facility (SFTF) Maintenance & Reporting

A SFTF is a small sewage facility intended to serve individual residences and small multi-family homes. The facility uses a series of treatment units, filters, and disinfection that allows the treated effluent to be safely discharged into a stream. Because of this, it is particularly important that you carefully maintain your SFTF to keep it operating properly. Hapchuk, Inc can perform all the required maintenance for you, including disinfection equipment upkeep, septic and dose tank pumping, and inspection of all mechanical equipment. If you have a SFTF, you already know that there is a lot of paperwork and inspection required by the DEP each year to keep your permit. We can take away that headache too by completing the Annual Maintenance Report for you.

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