All the water that enters your house through pipes ends up leaving your house through pipes. In the city there is a system that deals with waste water. Waste water goes to the sewer.  From the sewer, waste water goes to a treatment plant. The treatment plant renders the waste water harmless. The now harmless waste water can enter the ecosystem again. But what happens when you don’t live in a city? What do people who live outside city limits do? How is wastewater handled for people who live in rural areas? Where does wastewater go if there is no sewer system to handle it? 

In rural areas waste water goes into a septic tank.  

What is a septic tank?

According to Idaho’s Department of Environmental quality, the septic tank holds the wastewater long enough for solids to settle into a sludge at the bottom of the tank, while oils and greases float to the top, forming a scum. 

The Department of Environmental Quality adds, tank effluent flows to a drain field where pipes below the surface distribute the wastewater throughout the drain field. The wastewater then percolates through the soil. As the wastewater moves through the soil, some waste products adsorb to soil particles, while microorganisms in the soil ingest other waste products, providing final treatment of the wastewater.

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A septic tank stores waste water. It separates into sludge (solid), waste water and scrum (fat). The liquid drains into soil near the tank and is purified by soil bacteria.  

The solid material called sludge begins to build up, filling up the tank. Once the tank is full, it will need to be emptied.  

How often should the septic tank be emptied? 

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality recommends draining a septic tank every 3 – 5 years.  

You might need to drain your septic tank more frequently based on how frequently it is used, the size of the tank, the number of people living in the home, and even the age of the tank. In Idaho a septic tank must be 1000 gallons at the smallest for a 3 bedroom house, but older homes may have smaller septic tanks.  

While you can perform maintenance on your septic tank, call our septic tank specialist to take care of your waste water plumbing needs. Our professionals have the training to safely maintain and drain your septic tank.

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Matt Weese
Matt Weese
21:42 02 Dec 21
Steve was able to get out to our house quickly and fix a leak. Very friendly, helpful, and willing to walk me through everything he was doing to fix our problem. He figured out the problem quickly and offered some helpful advice going forward. Great service and experience. Hopefully I won’t need a plumber again soon but if I do I know who I’ll be calling.
Doug Thurman
Doug Thurman
03:07 25 Nov 21
The gentleman running the pumper truck (Brad) did a great job on the first tank. I ask if he could pump another tank while he was in the area. He said no problem helped me dig the lid. Told me my baffle going into the drain field needed replaced I asked what it looked like and he sent me a picture. Opening the lid we couldn’t get off. Called Brad and he gave me some tricks to get off. They worked. I will recommend Brad to anyone.Your service tech (Dillon Hughes) power vetted out our lateral line going to our septic field. He was very informative and very efficient. Saved us from having to put in a new septic field. He was right on time and a lot of fun to be around. Very knowledgeable young man. Highly recommend him.Doug ThurmanGrand View Idaho
Alex Dussault
Alex Dussault
23:26 22 Nov 21
Timothy at Master Plumbing has been awesome! I call quite often to report maintenance requests with the property I manage, and he often answers the phone and takes my work orders. I appreciate that he always gives me a realistic time-frame for when a technician is available to come out and I can then pass this along to my tenant. Master Plumbing has been our go-to for their professional and quality service!
Danny Falge
Danny Falge
18:08 02 Nov 21
The service was excellent. Frank educated me on septic treatments and septic usage. Frank was professional and courteous to everybody involved. I contacted master plumbing when I saw them pumping my neighbor's septic tank. They were able to accommodate me immediately following that job. Both my neighbor and I were extremely impressed with professionalism and Frank's demeanor and knowledge. Would definitely use them again.
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