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* Maintenance plans include the first 25 miles for site visits. Distances between 26-50 miles will cost an additional $25/yr. Between 51-75 miles will cost an additional $50/yr over each base rate.
** Included site visits or services calls do not constitute or include emergency after-hours service calls. Included site visits cannot be applied to unscheduled service calls.
Aerobic & Conventional Septic Tank Service for Northeast Oklahoma
On Call Services & Rentals can completely pump your septic system and haul away any overflowing septic tank or aerobic system. We’ll also be sure to perform a complimentary inspection while we’re on site.
Tree roots, debris, aging, and other issues inevitably affect septic systems. But you don’t need to worry! With On Call Services at your back, you can rest assured that your system is in good hands. We can repair and replace any kind of septic system regardless of the unique challenges your property presents. Give us a call for your routine septic maintenance and emergencies!
Signs of a Backed-Up Septic Tank
- Water backing from your toilet, shower, or drain.
- Multiple drain backups.
- Foul smells from drains or outside of your home.
- Any drain backups involving the toilet.
- Gurgling sounds coming from your toilet or drains.
- Water pooling around your basement floor drain.
- Sewage backing up in your drains or toilets.
- Slow-flushing or slow-draining toilets.
- Numerous slow drains in the home.
- Wastewater pooling on ground around your septic system.
- Grass over your septic system is extra green.
- You’ve detected bacteria in your well water.
- Bad smells around your home.
- Your septic system control panel has a red light.
Here is How On Call Can Help!
- Drain Cleaning & Rooter Work – We clear your septic line by punching through the clog, then we check the source of the problem to see if additional work is necessary.
- Hydro Jetting – Using pressurized water jets, On Call will clean your plumbing pipes thoroughly to remove any buildup of grease, debris, or tree roots.
- Septic Maintenance – On Call Services is happy to inspect and clean your drains to protect them from grease and other debris. We’ll make sure to stop roots from clogging any unlined pipes. Septic tank maintenance is of the utmost importance if you want it to operate reliably.
- Inspections: We offer comprehensive, camera-assisted inspections that follow all of the standards set by the Department of Environmental Quality.
- Navigating Control Panel – If your septic system panel is giving you a red error light, it’s time to call us so we can send out a certified technician.
24/7/365 Emergency Services Available!
Dos and Don’ts of Septic Maintenance
Preserve Your Maintenance Records
Make sure you keep track of all of your inspection reports and maintenance records every time you have your septic system serviced. Keep these filed away somewhere safe.
Perform Regular Septic Maintenance
Keep your septic system running smoothly with professional inspections and maintenance every year. Most household septic systems are pumped every three to five years, but a professional can give you specific recommendations based on your unique needs.
Maintain Your Drainfield
It’s important not to plant gardens or trees too near to your drainfield. The roots from these plants will grow into your septic system and can cause issues. Parking in your drainfield is also a no-no.
Limit Your Use of the Garbage Disposal
The more debris you send down your garbage disposal, the more likely you are to damage your septic system. Never dispose of grease, coffee grounds, or fat in the garbage disposal. Throw these items in the trash instead!
Purchase High-Efficiency Appliances
The more water you run through your septic system, the more wear and tear it’ll go through. Wasting water through leaky toilets or washing machines that use excessive water will shorten the life expectancy of your septic system. Look for Energy Star appliances to cut your water usage in half!
Don’t Flush Items Down Toilet
There are some items that belong in a toilet. You know what they are. And there are other items that definitely don’t. Toilet paper is the only product that’s actually designed to break down and dissolve inside a septic tank. Even “flushable” wipes aren’t as safe as they claim to be. Feminine hygiene products, dental floss, diapers, cigarette butts, coffee grounds, paper towels, and cat litter are but a few of the many items that people try to flush and absolutely shouldn’t.
Don’t Hire Unqualified Repairmen
On Call Services & Rentals hires only the best qualified, experienced, and certified technicians to handle our septic maintenance work.
Don’t Pour Chemicals Down Your Drain
Many people irresponsibly dispose of things like bleach, household cleaners, and even automotive chemicals by pouring them down their drains. This can absolutely damage your septic system.
Avoid Wasting Water
Using Energy Star appliances, repairing leaks, and fixing running toilets are simple ways to reduce excess water consumption and prolong the life of your septic system.
Keep Rainwater Drainage Systems Away From Your Drainfield
Excess rain water from drainage systems like roof drains can cause excessive water accumulation near your drainfield and slow your septic system’s treatment process.
Household Features Can Affect Your Septic System
Most homeowners don’t realize that their everyday appliances can have a negative impact on their septic system. Frequently using a hot tub, garbage disposal, washing machine, toilet, or showerhead can impact your septic system with time.
- Hot tubs – Draining your water all at once can absolutely damage your septic system. Cool your water first, then drain it onto turf or landscaped areas – not areas that are close to the septic tank or drainfield.
- Garbage disposals – If your home depends on a standalone septic system, it’s best to not use a garbage disposal at all. The less non-water you put down your drain the better.
- Washing machines – A typical single-family home in the United States uses nearly 70 gallons per person, per day. The more your family uses, the more risk you run of overloading your septic system. Try to limit how much laundry you do in a single day, and try to purchase an Energy Star washing machine if possible.
- Toilets – Leaky and running toilets can waste up to 200 gallons per day, which will not only increase your water bill significantly, but will also overload your septic system. High efficiency toilets are very beneficial for everyone, but especially for homes on septic systems.
- Showerheads – High-efficiency showerheads help restrict the flow of water and dramatically lower how much is entering your septic.
Septic Maintenance FAQs
What is a septic tank?
Your septic system consists of both a tank and a drainfield. The tank is located underground and holds the solid waste from your wastewater. Septic tanks are common in rural communities that lack public wastewater systems.
What is a drainfield?
After your septic tank filters your wastewater, the water goes to the drainfield. The drainfield is a shallow, covered, excavated area in the soil.
Why is septic system maintenance so important?
Replacing a septic system can be very expensive, so you’ll want to ensure that your system lasts as long as possible. Proactive maintenance will save you money in the long run and the short term.
How often should you pump your septic system?
This completely depends on the size of the house, the amount of wastewater you generate, and the size of your tank. Most septic systems are pumped every three years, but those with electrical float switches, pumps, and mechanical components should be inspected annually.
Four Steps for Proper Septic System Maintenance
- Step 1 – Get your home on a regular septic service schedule to keep solids from accumulating.
- Step 2 – Set up a high-pressure water jetting appointment every five years to rid your lines of debris.
- Step 3 – Use a live organic bacteria to break down unnatural substances and solids like detergents and soaps. Bacteria additives are inexpensive and work to keep your pipes clear and odor-free.
- Step 4 – Install an effluent filter to prevent solids from entering your drainfield.