Back in 1818 when the government purchased the land that would become Hamilton County from the area’s Native Americans, there was only one white settler living in the area that would come to be known as Noblesville. His name was William Conner, and he was married to a Lenape princess by the name of Mekinges. Conner worked with Josiah Polk to lay out Noblesville in 1823, which was named the county seat in 1824 and officially incorporated in 1851. Why the town was named Noblesville remains a debate. Some think the name came from James Noble, one of Indiana’s first US Senators. Others believe the name came from Lavina Noble, and Indianapolis woman to whom Josiah Polk was engaged. Today, Noblesville is a vibrant city of more than 60,000 people. But you don’t have to travel very far outside the downtown area to find many homes that have septic systems that need regular maintenance, including septic tank cleaning.
Why Septic Tank Cleaning is Essential for Noblesville Homeowners
Homeowners in Noblesville with septic systems don’t tend to spend a lot of time thinking about the state of their septic tank. After all, septic tank maintenance is not something that needs to happen very frequently, although this does depend entirely on three primary factors: 1) The size of the tank, 2) the number of people living in the house, and 3) whether or not a garbage disposal is in regular use in the kitchen.
Signs that you need to have your septic tank serviced include slow-draining sinks, tubs, and showers, or toilet flushes that seem weaker than usual. The good news is that if you’re noticing signs like these, you’re not yet at a critical emergency stage, but you also don’t want to wait any longer before arranging for a residential septic tank cleaning.
But, if you start noticing sewer smells coming from drains or toilets, or that the grass is suddenly greener over your drainage field, or there is pooling water in your yard around your tank or leach field, then you are dangerously close to a full-blown emergency. If you don’t act quickly upon seeing any of these signs, you run the risk of waste actually backing up into your house, which is one of the most unpleasant things you could ever experience in your home.
If you don’t have any records that indicate the last time your septic tank was cleaned, the best thing to do is have it serviced and keep better records moving forward. Our advice to homeowners who want peace of mind that their septic system is good working order is simple:
WHEN IN DOUBT, PUMP IT OUT!
Call Max Haas Septic at 317-241-9292
Max Haas Septic has been giving homeowners in communities throughout central Indiana peace of mind about their septic systems since 1923. Our professional experience and expertise is simply unmatched by any other company that might be available in Noblesville.
Noblesville Homeowners: Do You Know How Does Your Septic System Works?
The self-contained sanitation system for houses that aren’t tied into city sewage lines is surprisingly simple. And it works day in and day out with a second thought – unless you wait too long to service the septic tank. Solids accumulate on the bottom of the tank and become sludge, while grease and oil accumulate and are held in place at the top of the tank and become scum. Remaining liquid waste exits the tank and goes into the drainage or leach field to percolate through the soil in a natural waste treatment process. Here’s a simple diagram of a generic septic system:
[Source: Compendium of Sanitation Systems and Technologies, page 74.]
It’s not rocket science and it works like a charm with very little attention needed beyond the occasional pump-out to remove the effluent from the tank (the scum and sludge). And it doesn’t need any help with added products (extra bacteria and other microorganisms), which can actually cause serious harm to your system if you’re not careful. This has been confirmed in research conducted by both University of Minnesota and by Kansas State University Extension. The above diagram is just the tank. Here’s one view of how the whole system might look in relation to a home:
We are also used to helping new homeowners who have never relied on a septic system for wastewater treatment in a house. Sometimes a homeowner not only has no records about when the last time the home had a septic tank cleaning, but they might not even know where the tank is! Hopefully they have some home records from buying the house that show the location of the tank. If not, check with the Hamilton County Health Department – they may or may not have records showing where the tank is located, as well as what size it is, which is good to know in terms of coming with a schedule for how often your septic tank should be pumped out. Here’s a handy chart that can help by tank size and household size and the corresponding interval for pumping in years:
|Tank Capacity||1 person||2 people||3 people||4 people||5 people||6 people|
|500 gallons||6 years||2.5 years||1.5 years||1 years||1 years||.5 years|
|750 gallons||9 years||4 years||2.5 years||2 years||1 years||1 years|
|900 gallons||11 years||5 years||3.5 years||2.5 years||2 years||1.5 years|
|1,000 gallons||12 years||6 years||4 years||3 years||2 years||1.5 years|
|1,250 gallons||16 years||8 years||5 years||3.5 years||3 years||2 years|
|1,500 gallons||19 years||9 years||6 years||4 years||3.5 years||3 years|
However, remember we mentioned garbage disposals? If you use one every day in your house, you could be sending twice the solid waste into your tank than if you didn’t have a disposal. This means you’d want to have your septic tank cleaning done twice as often as what is listed on the above chart.
If you’re in doubt and want to pump it out, call Max Haas Septic at 317-241-9292!