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Serving south-central Kansas
(620) 441-0400
Affordable Septic Tank Service
***Oblitiroot foaming root killer is designed to kill roots in your lines.  This product can also be used as a preventative.***
***This is a 12 month package of septic tank additive to promote the proper bacteria in your tank.***

(620) 441-0400
Arkansas City, Kansas  67005
This is the inlet side of a septic tank.  This is a good representation of a normal water level (just below the inlet pipe).
Here is an example of a system that is not allowing the water to flow out as quickly as it is flowing in.  The line going to the house is, of course, holding water and restricting good flow.
The black inlet pipe in this tank and started collecting solids.  They built up so much that it restricted flow into the tank and resulted in a backup in the house.
This tank was completely full of undigested solids.  The entire tank was the consistency seen in the picture.  Notice more product on the top of the tank.  When we took the lid off it actually came up out of the tank from head pressure created from the line going to the house.
This is a 500 gallon clay tile (round pipe).  These are relatively rare.  Concrete and poly tanks are the norm.
This shows a broken wall that has been pushed into the tank about 20 inches.  Surprisingly, the wall was still mostly upright.  However, the opposite wall had fallen over.
Here is a Thanksgiving night emergency call.  But they had a turkey sandwich waiting on us when we showed up!!!
This clay tile inlet pipe had cracked and allowed tree roots  to infiltrate.  Roots like these can disrupt the flow and continue to grow.
Here is an inlet into the tank.  Notice it has roots growing in the line.  The roots hadn't caused backup problems for the homeowner, but they were able to take preventative measures.
Click on the above icons for various field pictures.
Side profile illustration of the different layers of a septic tank.
 This is a good representation of heavy sludge in a tank.  The only way to clean this is by pumping.
Cleaning a septic tank is a very important factor to the overall longevity of septic system.  Over time, the solids in the waste system will build up in the form of sludge on the bottom of a septic tank. 

Depending on a household size and usage, the recommended cleaning schedule is usually between 4-7 years.  

As the sludge builds up, it takes available space in the tank away from water.  As the amount of water in the tank shrinks, its ability to break down newly introduced solids is reduced.  

When the solids are not breaking down properly, the chances of introducing sludge and solids into the lateral system and causing a stoppage is greatly increased.  

Here is an example of a thick scum. This tank , located in Winfield, KS, was so hard, we nearly couldn't shove the hose through it.
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                                                     Do you have a hard to reach tank?  We can help you solve those problems!
Your septic tank is a watertight concrete, or poly box, usually within 20 feet of your house. This tank collects the solids and scum that flow from your house drainage plumbing. Most tanks have a manhole from which it can be pumped. Grease, oils, and lighter solids rise to the top where they form a layer of scum while heavy solids sink to the bottom. Bacteria, which are naturally present, help decompose and liquify the organic matter. Liquids flow through a pipe from the septic tank into the leach field, from which they pass into the soil.