Septic Tank Pumping - Thompson and Thompson

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" I had quite an unfortunate slab leak at my house, and George and his team at Thompson & Thompson were phenomenal in helping me solve my pipe problem! If you need any plumbing work, I highly recommend this crew. George was incredibly knowledgeable and worked tirelessly to make sure the job was done right. I am very appreciative!"
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" The 5 star review of 217 reviews of this company speak for themselves but this morning Mr. Allen Davis came by to give me an estimate on a water pressure booster I thought I needed. Instead of costing me a ton of money he showed me that my water pressure was turned down and adjusted it for me and was on his way. Excellent service and will absolutley use Thompson and Thompson again and ask for Mr. Davis.""
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" My company has hired Thompson & Thompson a few times to do various jobs. Most recently, we hired them to replace the pump to our septic system. There were some complexities with the install, so they had to come back. They took care of the initial issue to make everything right - and Scott Thompson (the owner) personally came out to ensure it got taken care of properly. I've worked with Scott on a number of things in the past and he is an ethical professional who wants to ensure customer satisfaction. I definitely recommend this company.""

Septic Tank Pumping in Savannah, Ga

With proper maintenance and service, septic systems can last for decades. Like any system in your home, the best way to ensure it is in good condition and to keep it working properly is with regular maintenance.


Regular septic tank pumping and cleaning is a relatively quick and affordable service and it is the best thing you can do for your septic system. Regular septic pumping or cleaning will ensure solids do not build up in the tank and cause it to flood, while also showing the condition of the septic tank and ensuring that it does not fill too fast or that it is not leaking. Cleaning prevents clogs in inlets, outlets and drain fields, preventing backups through tanks and pipes. Regular septic tank pumping is the best way to prevent problems with the tank.


The size of the tank determines how much water can flow through the tank at one time, and also the amount of solid waste which can build up in the tank. The septic tank is an organic environment with microbes that will break down the majority of solid waste, but some will be left behind. The microbes are also not suited to break down some items, such as some paper products, plastics, grease and chemicals. It is not recommended to flush or put non-biodegradable solids down drains. Inevitably, a layer of solid waste will build up in the tank and this is when the tank should be pumped..

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This is dependent on several factors and, to prevent flooding and clogs, it is best to have the tank pumped out more frequently.

  • The size of your tank, the tank design, and the number of occupants in the home or workplace regularly using the system will all impact the solids level of the tank.
  • You want to make sure your tank is regularly cleaned, but you also want to make sure you get the most out of each cleaning.
  • Some companies recommend pumping the tank every year or every two years. Others recommend pumping the tank any time there is a lot of guests in the building.
  • For some tanks and some homes, this may be accurate. For others, you may be pumping a mostly empty tank, or the tank may be full by this time!

A 1000 gallon tank used by a family of four should be pumped about every two years. A 1500 gallon tank used by the same family could be pumped every four years. Another extra 500 gallons would add about another two years on to a safe time between cleanings. Many homeowners are not sure about the size of their tank or how long the tank can go between cleanings. Thompson & Thompson can give you an accurate and cost-effective estimate for the time between cleanings

Septic Services in Savannah, Ga

Getting rid of waste from our homes and businesses is a necessity for a healthy prosperous society. We’ve come a long way from our pre-industrial methods of moving waste around… there was a time not so long ago when we simply tossed our chamber pot contents out into the street and let the rain take care of it (eventually).

Today, there are better and safer methods of waste disposal, which include public sewer systems and septic systems. Public sewer systems differ from septic systems in that they serve communities with a network of conduits that end up at a central wastewater treatment plant and are more likely to be found in developed areas. Septic systems serve individual households and are usually found in rural areas where a public sewer hookup is not available.

What is a Septic System?

A septic system is a method of draining wastewater from homes and businesses that don’t require the infrastructure of underground pipes and sewers to carry wastewater to a central location. It consists of a buried watertight plastic, concrete or fiberglass septic tank on the back or side of the property. This tank receives water from tubs and sinks (gray water) and from the toilet (black water). The other critical components of the septic system are the drain or leach field and the soil below the drain field.

What Takes Place inside the Septic Tank?

As the wastewater from your home flows into the septic tank, its components immediately start separating with the heavier solid materials settling at the bottom to form a sludge layer while the lighter and greases float at the top to create a top layer or “scum.”

The primary purpose of the tank is to retain solids. The liquid component flows out of the tank via a special T-shaped outlet and filter leaving the solids behind.

This retention period is vital as it facilitates the complete separation of the solids from the liquids while allowing the solids to undergo a digestion process by anaerobic bacteria (no oxygen needed) while inside the tank. The bacteria break down the solids into a sledge that can be removed later.

What Takes Place in the Drain field and Soil

The drain field is a configuration of perforated pipes in trenches that deliver the liquid effluent to the soil. Further treatment occurs underground as the effluent flows out of the tank through the buried pipes, and seeps through the holes through gravel and sand. These fine particles filter out pathogens while aerobic bacteria take advantage of free food and complete the decomposition process. Eventually, the final product finds its way, after a natural cleanup, to local groundwater.

Every three to five years- depending on usage volume- solids will eventually accumulate inside the tank and will need to be disposed of. If it’s not pumped out, the tank will overflow and solids will begin to accumulate in your drain fields, clogging the soil pores caused the entire system to back up instead of being absorbed into the ground.

Benefits of Septic Systems

1. Save Money

Septic systems can cost less over time than a public sewer hookup. If you are located in a rural or remote suburban area, the cost of running sewer lines to the house can be prohibitive or impossible. If you do have a choice, it’s not as clear cut. Installing a septic system is going to be significantly cheaper than installing a public sewage hookup on your residential property.

Moreover, septic systems do not incur a monthly cost as they run independently from public sewage systems. And because a septic system can last for decades, you will not have to worry about replacement costs. If you take care of your septic system, paying for a pump-out every four years is much less than a regular municipal sewer fee.

2. Eco-Friendly

The process applied in the septic system ensure that they do not affect the environment or contaminate groundwater, while a broken or flooded public system might. Moreover, even in the event that the system leaks, the subsequent damage is contained within the surrounding property.

Also, septic systems utilize drain fields or leach fields as natural filters to ensure that only liquid effluent that is free from bacteria reaches the soil. Septic systems, additionally boost local flora and fauna by providing the soil with water and nutrients that spur plant growth which is advantageous in many areas.

Septic System Downside

1. Costly to Replace

If not properly maintained, or when it ages to a certain point, your septic system will corrode, crack or leak. The longest-lasting tanks made from steel or concrete can last from 20 to 40 years but will need to be replaced at some point. It may run you $5000 or more, but it still may be a bargain when considered over the life of the system.

The Importance of Proper Maintenance

Given that it is costly to replace a faulty septic system, it is imperative that you take all the precautionary measures necessary to keep your system in good shape. The more proactive you are in your approach to maintenance, the longer your system will last.

The following are some useful maintenance tips:

  • Only biodegradable wastes should go into the system- trash of any kind that cannot be broken down by bacteria will only shorten the time into overflows.
  • Divert all surface runoff water from driveways, patios, and roofs away from your drain field.
  • Make sure your septic tank is always accessible.
  • Do not dig, drive or park on your drain field or build anything over it.
  • Make sure that your septic pump is pumped regularly. In the process, it should also be professionally examined for any cracks or leaks.

The Importance of Proper Maintenance

The following are the warning signs that you need to pump the tank

  • A strong odor from the drain field and tank
  • Muddy soil or pooling water around your septic system
  • Bright green, wet grass on your drain field even during dry weather
  • Wastewater backing up into your household drains

When you observe the above signs, it means that it is time to call in the experts to pump the tank for you

How is the Tank Emptied, and Where do the Contents Go?

This process involves a pump truck vacuuming out the scum and sludge from the tank and leaving it ready to be filled again. During this process, the technicians will also take a look at the tank to check for any faults and repair them while doing other relevant maintenance services.

The contents from the septic tank (septage) are then either taken to a waste treatment plant or dumped into an approved landfill. Nonetheless, septage has found various uses today. It can be safely applied as fertilizer to grow food or even to generate methane to produce electricity.

Septic systems are efficient, inexpensive, and convenient means or treating and disposing wastewater from households. Nevertheless, as not all soils are suited for this process, it is imperative that a comprehensive soil analysis is performed before the system is installed.

Be kind to your septic system and it will serve you well for years! If it does need a little extra TLC, Thompson and Thompson septic services offer you fast, knowledgeable service and repairs. Our experienced technicians will get your septic system back to working order as quickly as possible.

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