Sewer and Septic Tank Services

paw-paw-septic-tank-maintenanceseptic-sewer-serviceYou can prevent inconvenient, messy and costly septic tank problems by having your septic tank regularly maintained.  Septic system maintenance simply consists of pumping out the sludge that always accumulates in the bottom of the tank and making sure there is a healthy level of good bacteria to break the waste down.

A & B Sewer & Septic has 60 years of experience.  You count on us for courteous, professional, and personalized service. 

Septic system evaluations for mortage loan approval

Whether you are buying or selling, having a septic inspection can help protect both parties.  As a buyer, you can know before signing a sales agreement what you are getting into in terms of the health of the septic system.  As a seller, you can benefit by protecting your equity by avoiding unforeseen expenses while at the same time giving assurance to your buyer that they are getting a home with a properly functioning septic system.

Our sewer and septic tank services include:

  • Complete Sewer and Septic tank services
  • Closed Circuit Televising of Sewer lines up to 6" in diameter
  • Septic tank treatment with CCLS, a special product for replenishing bacteria
  • Emergency Service: We have someone on staff to answer the phone 24 hours a day, 7 days per week.
  • City Sewer/Water Hook-Ups
  • Drain Cleaning (Rooter) Service
  • Certified installation of the Waterloo Bio-Filter
  • Septic system evaluations for mortage loan approval

More about septic tank maintenance

Regular septic system maintenance combined with water conservation should give you many years of trouble-free use.  If the system is neglected, it is simply a matter of time before it will clog up, making a huge mess and requiring excavation and repair or replacement.    

What is a septic tank and how does it work?


A septic tank collects and treats wastewater, separating sewage into 3 parts: sludge on the bottom, scum on the top, and a clear zone in middle.  The tank is designed for bacteria to digest organic matter anaerobically (without needing air).  These bacteria work much like those in the human digestive system.  For everything to settle into the right layers and for the bacteria to grow properly, a calm (quiescent) flow is required.  Proper design, structural soundness and water tightness are also critical.  The effluent then flows out of the tank, where it reaches the drainfield system and continues to break down.

For a tank to work properly, maintenance is key.  Pumping is necessary when the depth of solids plus the depth of scum is equal to or greater than one third of the tank’s liquid depth.  This normally occurs every 3-5 years, depending on use and occupancy.  Routine inspection is a great way to make sure the outlet device and tank are in good condition and to determine if pumping needed.  Being proactive about this will save you money and peace of mind!

How often should I have my septic tank pumped?

This depends mainly on how many people are in your home - the more it is being used, the more often it should be serviced.  For a typical household with 4 people, the septic tank should be pumped every 3 years.

Why do bacteria levels need to be replenished?

Most households use bacteria-killing products that wind up in the septic tank, so it is often necessary to replenish the bacteria.