FAQ/Troubleshooting

SEPTIC SERVICES FAQ's

Do you offer financing?

Yes, Affordable Sanitation offers financing through a third party. Please contact us for more details.

How do I know if I need a plumber or my septic tank needs pumped?

A good indication that your septic tank needs pumped is dirty water coming back up through your plumbing, or if your toilet won’t flush.

How do I know when my septic tank needs to be pumped?

How often depends on the size of your household as well as the capacity of your septic tank. It is recommended that the average family should have their tank cleaned every 2 to 3 years.

If I ampurchasing a property with a septic system should I have an inspection?

If you are purchasing a property with an existing septic system, it is definitely recommended that you have an inspection. It can save you a lot of time and money down the line if there are any existing problems that are found.

What areas does Affordable Sanitation service?

We proudly service the Western PA area, including Pittsburgh and the following counties: : Armstrong, Indiana, Westmoreland, Somerset, Washington, Fayetteville, Greene, Allegheny

Why do I need to know where my septic tank is located.

Locating your septic tank is important in the case of an emergency, when it is often more difficult and costly to find. It is necessary in case you ever decide to sell your property.

Why is cleaning my tank important?

Cleaning is an important part of septic tank maintenance. A dirty tank will accumulate solids, which will overflow and block your septic system. Regular cleaning helps to keep the system flowing properly as well as extending the life of your system.

SEWER SERVICES FAQ's

Do you use “sub-contractors” to perform the work?

No. We are a locally owned & operated company that does each job from start to finish. In addition, all of our technicians have been educated & certified on the Perma-Liner system installation process.

Is it “Municipality Approved”?

Yes, the process is safe, cost effective and municipality approved to repair sewer line breaks.

What if my pipe transitions from 3” to 4”, or 4” to 6”?

Piper transitions are no issue, we have specially designed liners to transition with ease.

What is the cost to repair a sewer line with a Perma-Liner system vs. replace an existing sewer line?

The average cost will obviously vary depending on the overall length of the sewer line repair. However, the most important thing to keep in mind is that the overall cost will be “significantly less” based on the simple fact that there is no major excavation and heavy equipment cost for the customer to bear.

What is the excavating process (if any)?

Typically there is a single hole dug to gain access to the sewer line vs. an entire trench (possibly utilizing heavy equipment) that would disrupt your lawn, trees, driveway, sidewalk, basement floor, walls, etc.

What kind of pipe do I have?

The three most common pipes found in older homes needing to be lined are:

  • Terra-cotta pipe – Root damage, water infiltration within the joints, leaking out of joints which causes clogged pipes, cave-ins, and joint separation.
  • Cast iron pipe – Rusting from the inside resulting from the pipe being significantly smaller which causes clogged pipes. Also the pipe rusting on the bottom leads to water and sewage leaving the pipes, which also causes clogged pipes and root damage.
  • Orangeburg pipe – Pipe simply falls apart.
Why is a “Liner” better than a “Traditional Pipe”?

A Liner is a better repair method simply because there is little to no digging involved in this trenchless process, making for a potentially more cost-effective and less disruptive method than traditional “dig and replace” pipe repair methods. In addition, there is no loss of structural integrity of the existing sewer pipe.

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