Boise Septic System Services
Plumbing Specialists in Meridian & Beyond
At Plumbing Solutions of Idaho, our septic system experts in Boise will repair or replace septic tanks, pipes, septic pumps, and other septic components. We can even help with your septic pumping needs.
Contact us today at (208) 225-6686 for excellent local service!
Types of Septic Systems
We see septic systems across the Boise area and many have been installed years ago. Septic systems are comprised of four main parts: a pipe from the home, the septic tank, the leach field, and the soil which filters the water before it reaches the water table below.
As you use water by taking a shower or flushing your toilet, the water travels through your drain lines and into a septic tank. Within the tank, the waste separates into three layers the Scum Layer (top), Water (middle), Sludge Layer (bottom). The middle layer is clean enough to pass back into the ecosystem, which it does typically through a leach field.
A rather simple technology generally powered by gravity, this is often found in rural areas across the Treasure Valley. These sewage systems do require more maintenance, cleaning, and repairs than a city sewer system.
There are a couple of main types of septic systems, conventional and aerobic systems, with conventional systems working as described above. With an Aerobic system, the waste is aerated and treated typically with chemicals before discharge. Some discharge systems can utilize sprinklers to fertilize your lawn.
Other alternative septic systems might use sand other media to filter the discharged water as well they may chemically treat the wastewater before releasing back into the ground.
We offer full-service septic plumbing with common services including:
- Septic Pumping and Inspection
- Septic System Installation
- Septic Tank Replacement
- Septic System Repairs
- Alternative Septic Systems
Septic Pumping & Inspection
A typical septic tank will need to be cleaned every 3 to 4 years, while regular inspection and maintenance is recommended. Alternative systems tend to need more maintenance and more frequent inspection. Cleaning your septic tank is required when the tank does not have enough capacity to filter any more solids waste out of the septic tank.
A full septic tank can cause foul odors to back up into and around the home. The ground around the tank may become swampy as it overflows from the tank. Also, watch for slow drains which can be a great indicator the septic tank needs to be cleaned.
Septic System Installation
As a full-service plumbing company in Boise, we help residents install septic or onsite sewage disposal systems of all types. We often see conventional septic systems, but alternatives such as Aerobic systems and other alternative solutions.
Septic Tanks are often polyethylene, fiberglass, concrete, or steel and have varying capacities suited for different size residents. While some septic tanks can be as large as 2,500 gallons others may be 500 gallons. Most have a single septic compartment, though we are seeing more of the dual compartment septic tanks more recently. Consult a plumber to help you pick out and install the right septic tank for your needs.
The leach field consists of a series of perforated pipes which are buried deep under the ground. They are surrounded by gravel and the perforations help the wastewater leach into the soil. As the waste drains through the soil it filters out microbial bacteria and other unhealthy organisms. Septic systems try to use gravity to keep the waste moving through the system, while sometimes a pump is needed to help move the septic system along.
We also install Alternative Septic Systems from Aerobic to Sand trap systems and much more. Depending on your location here in Boise and the property you have, these alternative systems may be just the solution for you.
Septic Tank Replacement
Septic tanks are the key component of this type of waste treatment system. While they are buried several feet under the ground and made with quality materials such as steel. Eventually, all septic tanks will need to be replaced due to normal wear and tear.
With septic tanks being around 1,000 gallons and up to 2500 and buried deep under the ground, replacing a septic tank can be quite the chore. You will need to inspect the tank to ensure it needs to be replaced, if so, dig it out, and disconnect it from the home and leach field. Lift, it out and dispose of it properly and replace it with a new septic tank.
Septic System Repairs
Several things can go wrong or break in a septic system requiring a plumber to diagnose and repair the system. Throughout this system, there are pipes that can clog, break and/or leak. Some systems have septic pumps that can fail and will need to be replaced and/or maintained. Septic tanks often need replacing and can also fail in the in/out pipes and might need repairs instead of replacement. Leach fields tend to need replacement every twenty years or so. Regular inspection and maintenance are recommended to reduce unnecessary septic issues and repairs.
Plumbing Solutions of Idaho can handle any septic system service in Boise. From septic pumping, septic inspection, septic repairs to installation of new septic waste systems. Call (208) 225-6686 or fill out our online contact form today.
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