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Septic Tank Frequently Asked Questions

Zuidema Septic Service specializes in septic tank services. With years of experience servicing residential and commercial septic systems, our team has all the answers to your questions. Here are the answers to the most frequently asked questions about septic tanks.

Yes, septic fumes are a blend of various gases that can be detrimental to an individual’s health, including but not limited to methane gas. Septic fumes should not be inhaled under any circumstances.

The most effective way to make sure a septic system lasts a long time is with preventative maintenance and corrective repairs. Spotting minor problems and having them resolved by a professional quickly and correctly can keep a septic tank running efficiently for as long as possible. With the right care, a septic tank can function for between 20 and 30 years.

In general, a residential septic tank system cleaning, including pumping out and emptying the system, should be done every three to five years. This type of cleaning should be done by a professional with the appropriate tools, equipment, and skillset.

A septic system should have preventative maintenance done annually. This includes having a professional come out to inspect your system and check for any issues that could impact the functionality and longevity of your septic tank.

If the septic tank at your residential or commercial property is damaged or not functioning correctly, you should call as soon as possible for assistance. The longer a problem goes unresolved, the more complicated and expensive the solution can become.

Yes, septic tanks can be repaired. If a septic tank is damaged or not functioning correctly, the system can and should be repaired by a septic services professional. A variety of problems can be diagnosed and resolved with professional help.


A septic tank should be at least 10 feet away from a property line.

Depending on the features of the residential or commercial property, the septic tank should be installed at a low elevation in an unused area that is at least 10 feet away from the main building. Typically, a septic tank will be installed no further than 50 feet from the main building.

Yes, septic tanks are environmentally friendly. These tanks eliminate waste, recycle water, and naturally replenish water tables in the surrounding area.

A septic tank is an underground tank that is used for wastewater treatment via biological decomposition and drainage. These are common pieces of equipment on both residential and commercial properties.

The best way to keep your drains clean is to make sure only water goes down the drain and into your pipes. A drain stopper or screen can help prevent a buildup of hair or dirt inside a pipe, causing a clog.

As soon as you realize that a drain is clogged at your home or office, you should call a professional for help. A professional will have the tools, equipment, and knowledge to find the clog and effectively get rid of it.

Every drain cleaning project is different, therefore the costs vary depending on the location and extent of the clog. Our technicians will be able to give you an accurate quote for your situation.

There are a lot of reasons why your drain might be clogged. Some of the most common items that clog drains include: hair, food, grease, household objects, dirt, and tree roots.

There are a few things to look out for if you think you might have a clogged drain:

  • Slow draining
  • A toilet that won’t flush
  • Drains that smell bad
  • Gurgling sounds during or after draining
  • Water that comes back up into drains, toilets, bathtubs, or washing machines

A restroom trailer is a portable restroom facility that provides a clean, comfortable, and convenient place for your guests. With many options to choose from, these units can serve as mobile restrooms for events, construction sites, and other types of gatherings where traditional restrooms may not be available.

Our restroom trailers have many features and amenities that set the standard for comfort and convenience. Some of the features include:

  • Immediate hot water access
  • Interior and exterior LED lighting
  • On-board fresh water tanks
  • Waste tanks
  • Upscale interior finishes
  • Non-slip flooring
  • Climate control with air conditioning and heating
  • And more

Zuidema Septic Service offers various restroom trailer rentals to suit varying needs. Our smaller units include our three-restroom, and we have units that go up to eight stalls for events of 300 people or more.

Restroom trailer rental units are excellent restroom alternatives for outdoor events. However, there are considerations to keep in mind, including:

  • They cannot be placed on a public sidewalk, street, or alley without a permit
  • They must be leveled on pavement or with support blocks
  • The location must be accessible for delivery and pickup

Portable restroom rental prices vary depending on several factors. On average, the price ranges between $800-$8000. Factors that influence the price include the duration of your rental period, the type of unit you’re renting, and the season in which you are renting, as these units become in high demand during wedding season.

We recommend booking your restroom trailer rental when you solidify your event dates. Our units tend to be booked up quickly, especially during peak season. To ensure your event is covered with luxury restroom trailer rentals, contact us to book your rental as soon as possible.

The dimensions of our portable trailer restrooms vary depending on the model you select. Smaller models are approximately eight feet long, whereas larger models can be up to 30 feet long. When you contact our team, we will be happy to guide you through the dimensions of each unit.

Our rental terms are flexible. We understand that different types of events have different timelines. As such, we are as accommodating as possible. We offer hourly, daily, and event weekly rates to satisfy your restroom trailer rental needs.

Zuidema Septic Service takes pride in our full-stack approach to restroom trailer delivery and pick-up. We handle every aspect of the project based on your specifications to encourage a seamless experience. We ask that you meet us at the pick-up and drop-off locations.

Sanitation and cleanliness are a leading priority to us. As such, we deliver these units in impeccable condition. We offer dedicated maintenance for long-term rentals to ensure your rental remains in top condition. Our maintenance includes waste removal, supply replenishment, and regular cleanings.

We accept several payment methods at Zuidema Septic Service, such as most major credit cards and checks. When you consult with our team, we will review your estimate and guide you on your payment options.

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Choose Zuidema’s Trusted Septic Services

Zuidema Septic Service has been offering septic tank cleaning services for more than 100 years! In fact, our dedicated team has been serving residential and commercial properties throughout New York and New Jersey since 1919. If you need assistance with your septic tank, contact Zuidema Septic Service today to request a quote!