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Frequently Asked Questions:
Matador Septic 
Pumping Lubbock, TX

How does a septic tank operate?
  • A septic system has two main parts: a tank and a drainfield (leachfield).
  • These systems separate solids from waste and use natural processes and bacteria to break down the material.  
  • This happens underground in lines between your house and the septic tank. 
  • Check out this article by TAMU AgriLife for more info on how septic tanks work.
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What is the best way to care for a septic system?
  • Only flush toilet paper into the tank. Avoid dumping any other products.
  • Never wash oils, household chemicals, or gasoline/paints down the sink. 
  • Have the septic tank pumped routinely every 3-5 years.
  • Check out this AgriLife article by TAMU for information on how to care for a tank.
How do I handle waste on mobile homes and RVs?
  • Use only biodegradable cleaners. Read here for more info from the EPA.
  • Avoid mixing chemicals with sewage to prevent groundwater contamination. 
  • Report any foul smelling odors or suspected waste leaks immediately. 
  • Use 'septic safe' toilet paper.
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How do I maintain the drainfield?
  • Never park or drive on the drainfield to avoid damage.
  • Plant trees and plants away from the area to avoid roots growing into the system. 
  • Keep roof drainage and other rainwater drainage systems away from the area to prevent flooding.
  • EPA.gov for more info.
How can you tell if the septic tank is full?
  • Foul odor emanating from the bathroom, drain, sinks or even waste backing up into these areas.
  • Unusually lush, green grass around the septic lines and tank indicating waste may have leaked out. 
  • Slow draining sinks and toilets throughout the entire home. 
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How often do I have to pump the septic tank?
  • Every 3-5 years is recommended.
  • It depends on the size of the tank.
  • It depends on the amount of usage and what gets flushed.
  • It takes around 30-60 minutes to empty a tank.
What does it cost to pump the entire septic tank?
  • A typical residential tank holding around 1,000 gallons costs an average of $400 to pump.
  • It can depend on the size of the tank.
  • It varies if other repair work is needed.
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