Spring Septic System Maintenance: What Everyone Ought to Know

Trees are budding, flowers are blooming, and your farmer’s market is loaded with fresh produce and baked goods. As every local knows, spring has arrived in northeast Indiana.

Preparing your septic system for spring

If you’re a farmer, or you live in a rural area, you know that the sights and sounds of a long-awaited spring cannot distract you from your responsibilities as caretaker of your land and home. Anyone who lives in the country knows that their lifestyle requires regular upkeep in order to maintain the long-term health and vitality of the property they live on. So while you’re busy making a routine “spring cleaning” list, don’t forget to include septic tank maintenance.

Anyone who lives in a rural area should consider routine septic tank cleaning a priority. Proper care prolongs your septic system’s life and function, and a lack of maintenance will cost more money and a lot of inconvenience in the long run.

Routine springtime septic tank maintenance is a must. Ground conditions are optimal and you’ll prevent a potential spring flooding disaster.

A helping hand you can trust

It’s springtime in Indiana, and you know that cleaning your septic system is something you can’t do yourself. We also know that finding a professional you can trust isn’t an easy task.

At Shankster Bros., we are licensed and experienced in routine septic system maintenance. We know how to locate, diagnose, and solve your septic problems with skill and precision. What really sets us apart, though, is our honesty, integrity, and thoroughness. You can trust us to know what we’re doing, and do it well.

Come to us with your questions

We have a “next door neighbor” mentality, meaning, the health and condition of your property is as important to us as it is to you.

If you have questions about your septic system’s maintenance, regardless of the season or issue, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. We’re always happy to answer your questions, talk with you about your concerns, or lend you advice.

That’s what good neighbors do, after all.

Call Shankster Bros. today

Contact us by calling (260) 982-7111 or Contact us. Help for your septic, drainage, and excavation needs is just a phone call (or a click) away.

Septic Tank Life: How to Extend the Life of Your Septic System

Here’s a riddle for you: while you’re eating your dinner, while you’re sleeping in your bed, while you’re on vacation in Hawaii with your family—what never stops working?

The answer is not your mailman (he gets the holidays off). The answer is your septic system.

Long life for your septic

You probably don’t spend a lot of time pondering what happens to the waste that goes down your drain—you probably don’t think about it at all.  Yet day and night, rain or shine, weekday through weekend your septic system continues to do its job.  If you’re like most homeowners, you rely on your septic system for many of your daily and weekly routines—showers, laundry, running the garbage disposal—the list goes on.  The sheer volume of continual use a septic system undergoes will eventually take its toll. That’s the bad news. The good news is, with proper care and maintenance, your septic system should have a lifetime of at least 25 to 30 years.

So, what can you do to make sure you get the most septic tank life out of your home’s septic system?

Inspect your septic system

We recommend having your system professionally inspected annually.  There are several reasons for this, but the most important is a bad septic system, if not discovered in time, is very expensive to repair or replace. By making it a routine to have your septic system inspected on an annual basis, you’ll save yourself money, and you may also save yourself from the unfortunate predicament of a failing septic system (foul odors and a soggy lawn, anyone?). An inspection of your septic will tell you the condition of the baffles and tees if there are any cracks in the pipes or the walls of the tank if your plumbing is all going to the septic and working correctly, and when you should have the tank pumped.

You need to leave these tasks to a septic tank pumping professional—not only because they know what to look for and how to fix any problems discovered—but also because toxic gases produced by the natural treatment processes in septic tanks can be life-threatening.

Protecting the environment

You may already know by having your septic pump system annually inspected isn’t just important for its life and function—it’s also important for the health of your family, your property, and the community you live in.

If your system fails, it can cause a host of problems. Household wastewater from a failed septic can seep into the surrounding environment and, if untreated, may contaminate other wells, groundwater, and drinking water sources. This can pose a serious threat to the public and to the environment, as contact with untreated human waste is dangerous to human health, and drainage from a failed septic can pollute local rivers, lakes, and shorelines.

Shankster Bros can help

Don’t let your septic system reach the point of no return! Contact us today and make an appointment. We want to help you keep your home, your family, and your community clean and safe by doing what we do best—keeping your septic system working the way it should be: day and night, rain or shine, weekday through the weekend.

Contact us by phone at (260)-982-7111 or by e-mail, and go ahead and take that vacation in Hawaii—your septic system is on the job. And we’ll make sure it stays that way.

Our Values and Services

Carl Shankster started Shankster Farm Drainage in 1981 and in 1999, his sons, Steven and Simeon, took over and changed the name to Shankster Bros. We now offer septic system design, installation and maintenance, as well as inspections, line cleaning, repairs and septic tank pumping. We also provide construction services, emergency assistance and farm drainage services. We promise that all of these services will be done right, by someone you can trust.

Our company is based in Silver Lake, Indiana and service the areas of Kosciusko County, Whitley County and North Manchester. You’ve probably seen our white pump truck (with signature blue logo) and billboards around the area!

We’re a local company and are dedicated to serving our community with integrity, expertise and friendliness.

Our entire team – from owners to crew to office staff – takes great pride in establishing personal relationships with you, our clients. We want to become “more than a vendor” to you, we want to hear from you with any problem, day or night. In rural communities, we know what it’s like to rely on our neighbors, and we extend that neighborliness to everyone we do business with.

We believe that our services not only serve the people of Northeastern Indiana, but the agricultural infrastructure, environment and natural beauty that we are so proud of in our state. By being wise stewards of our natural resources and caring for our farmland with integrity, we can ensure this way of life is preserved for generations to come.

As a family business, Shankster Bros understands the needs of residential clients, large corporate farms and everything in-between.

Every single customer is treated with respect and we do our best at every job, every day. We love what we do and we love our customers; join the Shankster family today by giving us a call or dropping a line here.

We hope to hear from you soon, and in the meantime, say hi next time you see our truck around town. We’ve always got time to chat with a neighbor.