Septic Services and Cleaning: What We Do

When your septic system fails you

Your septic systems isn’t a normal topic of conversation, that is until you find that it’s failing. Somebody in your family woke up in the morning and noticed a wet spot developing on the lawn, a drain making funny gurgling noises, or a toilet backing up somewhere in the house. There were foul smells coming from the basement, another family member reports. The drains smell, too, says somebody else…

Suddenly your septic system is the only topic of conversation and you need to find septic services near you.

24/7 SEPTIC EMERGENCY HOTLINE: (260) 750-2185

How your septic system works

To help you determine if your septic system is in serious trouble, and what that trouble might be, here are the basics of how a septic system works.

Everything that goes down your household drains eventually makes its way to your septic tank. All of the substances lighter than water floats to the surface of the tank, creating a layer of scum. Once the scum has separated and floated to the top, it leaves behind something called “effluent”. Effluent is the water that exists between the scum layer and the sludge layer of your septic tank (the sludge layer is made up of solid particles, heavier than water, that sink to the bottom of the tank.) Over time, aerobic and anaerobic bacteria work to digest both the floating and sinking solids in the tank, while the effluent flows through your drain field and seeps into the ground.

Problems develop after several years of scum and sludge buildup starts to fill the capacity of your septic tank—waste buildup and capacity overload are the root causes of most major septic system failures. A tank filled beyond its capacity results in the visible (and foul-smelling) symptoms you may have the misfortune to discover: persistent wet spots over your drain field, sluggish plumbing, back up in your drains, lingering, unpleasant odors, and so on. What should you do when you find one or more of these symptoms in your home?

Call a professional, and fast.

Septic services we offer

We respond quickly to your call for help and immediately get to work on troubleshooting, diagnosing, and solving your septic problems. We’ll discover if there is a clog in your line, waste buildup in your system, or damage to your drain field. Then, we’ll determine the best method of repair. To minimize damage to your property we carefully read a map of your system, which tells us where your tank, manhole, distribution box, lines and drain field are located. When a septic emergency strikes, we get there quick and will leave behind as little evidence as possible.

We care about our customers—we want to save you time, money, and headache, so we’ll always educate you on how to preserve important bacteria in your tank, allowing your septic system to function longer and more efficiently. We’re happy to teach proper septic tank maintenance to spare you from having your tank pumped more often than needed. A healthy septic system makes for fewer septic problems.

If you’re building a home and need a brand new septic system installed, we’re the guys for that job, too. We’re experts at determining the best location for a new septic system according to the layout of your property, the location of your house and other buildings, the condition of the soils near your residence and other environmental factors. Preserving the local environment and functioning alongside it is important to us, and we consider this each time we install a new system or repair an existing one.

Shankster Bros., are your local septic pumping professionals

Septic systems may not be a normal topic of conversation for most people—but we’re not most people. We’re septic service professionals.

We know how to help you.

We want to help you.

Whether you’ve found indicators that your septic system is failing, need a new septic system installed, or need to know more about how to extend the life of an existing septic system—we can help. You have questions—we have answers, guaranteed.

After all, septic systems are a normal conversation topic for us every day of the week, so call us about yours: (260)-982-7111

We’re Thankful For Our Customers

Septic, drainage and excavation services

At Shankster Bros., we’re honored to offer a variety of septic, drainage, and excavation services to our local community.

We have the specific tools, knowledge and training to install a tile drainage system in your alfalfa field, measure and dig a basement for your new home, or trouble shoot, diagnose and solve a problem with your septic system. We specialize in the installation of both septic systems and artificial drainage systems, taking into consideration the unique layout of your property and the surrounding environment to make sure your new system operates properly and efficiently.

We repair existing septic and drainage systems, extending their life and function to save you money and provide a renewed peace of mind.

We operate the heavy machinery required to dig basements, tear down fences and demolish old buildings, always looking out for the safety of our customers and our employees. In all of these fields, we feel privileged to answer your questions and to lend you our expertise. We sincerely hope that, by doing our best work and putting your needs first, we can make your life a little easier and a little better than it was before you hired us.

Work that has to be done

In the rural community of northeastern Indiana, it’s probable that you’ll need one or more of our services at some time in your life: you’ll need your residential septic tank pumped sooner or later, if you’re a property owner, you’ll probably need help tearing down a structure or digging a basement someday, or if you’re a farmer, no doubt one day you’ll need maintenance for the drainage system in your fields.

Because every service we offer will eventually be a necessity for somebody, we get to meet all kinds of people, in all walks of life, from all sorts of different backgrounds. We don’t take this aspect of our work for granted—we see it as an opportunity to impact lives with our uncompromising integrity, strong work ethic and exceptional customer service.

Thankful for our customers

Giving back is an important concept to us. Honestly, one of the best ways we can give back on a daily basis is by making sure each of our customer’s needs is heard, understood and fulfilled. We love our customers!

Your business has enabled our families to support the things we believe in—like mission trips to Haiti—and has blessed us with the resources to fund the adoptions of our children, as well as to welcome foster children into our homes. We appreciate your business—we want to make sure that when you call Shanskter Bros., you get everything you need, and more.

You have enough on your mind already, and you shouldn’t have to worry about whether your local septic, drainage and excavation company is doing a good job or charging a fair price. We aren’t satisfied until you’re satisfied. We’d rather take a loss in transaction than to leave you unhappy.

While we stand by our service, our product, and our expertise, your opinion matters most. We are a company you can trust to solve your problems, not stopping until the job is complete, and you are happy with the end result. We’re professionals determined to make a difference in the lives of people, by doing a necessary work with integrity and a commitment to quality.

Our promise to our customers

Quality and integrity: that’s our promise to you. If you have a problem that needs solving in the realm of excavation, septic or drainage, not only can you trust us to solve it—you can also depend on a quick response, a thorough job, and an honest bill. We’re proud of our work, and we’re thankful for you.

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.