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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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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!