What to Expect from Local Septic Companies in Indiana

What to Expect from Local Septic Service Companies in Indiana

For most of us, we don’t spend a lot of time worrying about our septic or sewage system. That is until we encounter a problem. When those inconveniences occur, it can be tempting to overlook the importance of researching local septic service businesses in your area.

However, it’s worth it to do your research before hiring for services.

Here’s what to expect from a local septic service company, and how to ask for the best service when you do decide to hire one:

  • Septic service companies should be knowledgeable about the local soils, regulations, and how a normal septic system functions in your area.
  • A septic tank cleaning company should ask about the age of your system, the health of your drain field, and your septic service record before recommending a service.
  • The septic service company should be willing to work with you – whether that means evening or weekend service, detailed explanations, or custom service plans, your wastewater needs are important and so are your preferences.
  • You should be given clear work estimates and a project budget early on. Most septic system services are quick, routine pumpings or cleanings, but any company you hire should be upfront about costs, risks, and timelines for service.
  • Everyone involved in the septic service should be timely, respectful and honest – from the front office staff to the service providers, you should never feel ignored or disregarded in any way.

If you can’t check off this list when you make your initial phone calls, keep looking for a local septic company that treats your home, business, and wastewater needs with care.

As always, please call us (260)-982-7111 if you need septic tank pumping or septic system service of any kind. We pride ourselves on professionalism and timeliness in all of our services and we would love to help you navigate your septic system maintenance or emergency.

Septic Tank Maintenance, Do’s and Don’ts

Septic System Maintenance, Do’s and Don’ts

Septic system maintenance is effective for managing the normal wastewater and sewage of a modern household if managed properly. Septic systems are ideal for rural properties, where sharing a sewage service is unavailable. Septic systems are also easier on the ecosystem in many instances, particularly if long lines of piping are needed to connect to a shared wastewater treatment line.

That said, there are a few do’s and don’ts when you have a septic system, and we’ve compiled some of the most critical here for your knowledge and peace of mind:


Use biodegradable cleaners and soaps in your septic tank. Harsh or hazardous chemicals can stall or slow the breakdown process and interfere with the healthy workings of your septic system.


Flush anything down your drains that does not easily decompose. This includes even small items like matches, cigarette butts, and flushable wipes, or things like coffee grounds, food particles or feminine products.


Keep a detailed map of where your septic tank and drain field is located, as well as a record of how and when it is serviced professionally. If you buy a home with an installed septic system, be sure to get those septic service records from the previous owner.


Plant trees or shrubs near the septic field. Large roots can interfere with the piping and easily clog it.


Plant grass over your septic field. Grass helps disperse the wastewater, remove excess water, and prevent erosion, as well as help the drain field function properly.


Pour concrete or other hard surfaces over your drain field, as this will inhibit the natural release of water into the ecosystem. As mentioned above, the grass is the best option for your drain field. Also, don’t build structures or dig holes in the drain field, even for small projects. Your drain field should stay undisturbed unless there’s an issue with the piping or drainage, and any problems should be addressed by a professional.


Be aware of how much water your household uses. It’s always a good idea to conserve water to avoid overloading your septic system, and it’s important to divert gutters and other drains so as not to overload the system further in stormy weather.


Try to service your septic tank or drain field yourself. Check with your local permitting office about what permits are required, and always give a professional a call if you notice anything strange happening in your septic system.


Hire Shankster Bros. for all your septic pumping and cleaning needs! The easiest way to avoid problems is with regular septic system maintenance and we will do the job right the first time.

If you have questions or concerns about your septic system and the “do’s and don’ts,” please feel free to give us a call at (260)-982-7111. We are here to help!