ASSOCIATED PRODUCTS SERVICES, INC Serving Central Pennsylvania since 1952

800 • 433 • 2070

Septic Tank Cleaning

In general, your septic tank should be cleaned every two years with normal use. If your home has a garbage disposal the septic tank should be cleaned every year on average. Every system and home is different, and many factors can determine exactly when a septic tank cleaning should be performed on your system. If you’re not sure how often or if your system needs maintenance, please call us at 800-433-2070 or email us and we would be happy to help you.

  • We provide full septic services for both commercial and residential customers.
    For our commercial accounts, we provide 24-hour emergency septic service.
  • We provide septic inspections for real estate transactions.
  • We only use approved disposal sites.
  • We install and repair many sand mound pumps for sand mound style septic systems.
  • For more information, please contact us. We have many informational materials available to help explain the details of our safe septic management practices.

When a septic system fails, it can become a huge inconvenience, not to mention messy and very expensive. When you see warning signs, acting quickly can help keep your septic system from becoming clogged. When your system becomes clogged, it will probably need to be replaced, which is an enormous expense. The good news is that with proper maintenance your septic system will continue to function safely and effectively. While septic tank additives can help extend the life of parts of your system, the only way to properly maintain your septic tank is to have it cleaned to remove the sludge and solids that build up over time.

Your septic system has two main parts, the septic tank and a soil absorption area. The purpose of the septic tank is to receive the waste from your garbage disposal, toilets, bath water, laundry, etc. and process it. In the septic system, the septic tank separates the waste water into three parts: the solids or sludge, a layer of water and the floating waste called the scum layer. Bacteria in the septic tank begin to break down the solids into liquid form. After the waste is separated, the water layer flows into the drain field. The drain field is sometimes called a leach field or soil absorption area. The drain field continues the process of filtering the waste water, with the water being drawn down through the soil, as well as introducing the waste water to other bacteria that continue the process of neutralizing any germs in the water.