Tips, Trouble Shooting & FAQ's


A properly functioning septic tank will have 1' of head space above the liquid level. If you have less than 1 foot or no head space left, then your tank is overfull and requires service. Call us today! 907-262-5969

Check levels of liquids in your tank standpipes. If you see liquid up inside the pipe then you need a septic tank service.

You could have a clog in your sewer line, sometimes we can clear the clog by pulling a vacuum on the line during a service.

If you've checked the vents, and the pea traps are not dry then your next step is to check the wax ring around your toilet. Over time, especially with in floor heating, these rings will dry out and allow septic smells to escape back in to the home.

Stay off your leachfield and you can extend the life of your system. While grass is acceptable for planting over your leachfield, shrubbery & trees can cause clogs and damage to the drain lines. Do not allow vehicles to be parked or to drive across this area!

Extend the life of your leachfield & septic system by minimizing use of modern conveniences like water softeners, garbage disposals & hot tubs. Although we love them, these conveniences increase the frequency of pumping services. Prolong the life of your system by using water saving devices.

Ask your service provider for a vacuum of the lines during your next septic pumping service. This maintenance step helps clear clogs in your pipes and helps prevent future issues with build up in your plumbing lines. 

* This service is free when you use Peninsula Pumping!


Line Vacuum 

Water Saving Devices

Stay off the grass!

Full Septic Tank

Slow drain or Clogged drain

Smells inside the home

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is my tank full again?

Ground water tables can be to blame, but so can a failed leachfield. When your leachfield rock has become saturated there is no where left for the liquid coming from your tank to go, thus it will back flow into your tank after servicing.

How does a septic tank work?

A typical septic tank has 2 compartments. By design the front chamber of a septic tank captures the solids and scum allowing the effluents  to move into the rear chamber before flowing into the leachfield

How long will my system last?

A leachfield in our area has a typical life span of about 12-20 years. The life span of your leachfield depends on several factors: efficiency of water use, amount and type of debris allowed to enter your system, proper pumping & maintenance, proper landscaping, water table and type of soil.