November 01, 2016 by

For many first-timers, having to get septic system service can be a nerve-racking experience. There are plenty of first-timers these days, thanks to folks moving into the desert around the greater Victorville, CA, area!

So if it’s your first time living in a home with a septic tank, rather than municipal sewers, don’t worry! Septic system service is generally a painless process for you and us. To help put your fears to rest, let’s take a look at some more of the most common questions we hear from recent home-buyers in the area.

Frequently Asked Questions About Victorville Septic System Service

How do I know it’s time for septic tank pumping or cleaning?

Well, if it’s been more than three years since the last cleaning, it’s likely you need one. However, if you see the following warning signs, you should call Roto-Rooter High Desert ASAP!

  • Multiple toilets all flushing improperly

  • Wastewater from appliances backing up into other drains

  • Visible standing water on your lawn above the septic tank

  • Foul smells from your drains or your lawn

How long does a septic cleaning take?

Cleaning can vary somewhat depending on the size of the tank, but it usually doesn’t take more than a couple hours. It could take longer if you don’t know the location of the tank or its hatch, so try to make note of that if possible.

Does tank cleaning require much digging?

For the most part, no. Generally, all that needs to happen is uncovering the access hatch to the tank, which is put near the surface for easy access. More extensive digging isn’t necessary unless repairs need to be done.

Do I need to be home for a septic pumping?

Yes! It’s a very good idea to have an adult on-hand when the pumping crew arrives. They may need yard access, or to have animals contained if you have outdoor pets. It’s possible to do it without owner oversight, but that would need to be set up beforehand if you truly have no way of being there during the pumping.

Do your septic experts only pump the tank?

No, we also do a full inspection of the tank’s interior and as much of the drain field as we can easily access. The best time to find and fix problems in a septic tank is when it’s fully drained, so we make sure to check for any other problems while it’s empty and opened up.

Let Us Handle Your Septic Needs

The next time you need septic system service, contact Roto-Rooter High Desert! We have the equipment and the expertise to do it right, every time.