Providing septic tank pumping services to the Finger Lakes since 1970


Frequently asked Questions

How often should my septic tank be pumped?

The New York State department of health recommends that septic tanks should be pumped every two to three years or when the total depth of sludge and scum exceeds one-third of the liquid depth of the tank. However, a single person household may go longer between pumping and of course a large household of more than four adults may need more frequent septic system pumping.

Is it okay to use a garbage disposal?

Garbage disposals use should be avoided with a septic system, as they can produce large amounts of solids which bacteria are incapable of breaking down. Further, they can grind the food particles small enough that they pass through the septic tank into the leaching field, which can cause permanent damage. Regular use of a garbage disposal would shorten the time between pumping to one year.

Septic Tank bacteria additives?

The New York State department of health says the following about septic tank additives, "Septic tank additives are not recommended. Additives are unnecessary to the proper operation of household systems and may cause the sludge and scum in the septic tank to be discharged into the absorption field, resulting in premature failure . Some additives may actually pollute groundwater."

What are the signs that I need my Septic tank pumped?

Waiting for a sign that you need to pump your septic tank is like waiting for a sign from your engine that it needs oil. By the time you see a sign it is to late and serious damage may have been done. Replacing a septic system cost more than replacing a car engine and if you think a bad engine can make a stink! The correct way of doing it is to keep good records of when you have had your septic system pumped or inspected and to have it pumped regularly every two to three years. Okay if you still want some signs then look for the following. You have wet or mushy ground around the tank or the drain field area. Sewage odors. Slow draining of your sinks, tubs, toilets or washing machine. Gurgling sounds from your plumbing. Your grass is greener in one particular area. Toilets, sinks, drains or washing machine are backing up.
Drooby's Septic Tank Service is family run, locally owned, and has been serving the Finger Lakes since 1970.  We remove waste from septic  tanks and provide septic system maintenance and inspections.

  • Dependable and Fast
  • Fully Insured
  • Septic tank pumping
  • Residential and Commercial
  • Septic System Inspection
  • Septic System Repair
  • Restaurant grease disposal

Contact our office to set up an appointment to get your septic tank pumped.

George Drooby
Drooby's Septic Tank Service


126 Cherry St.
Geneva , NY 14456

For the health of your Septic System below is a list of things that should not be put down your drain or flushed down your toilet.

  • grease or cooking oil
  • latex paint
  • pesticides
  • hazardous chemicals
  • dental floss
  • feminine hygiene products
  • condoms
  • diapers
  • coffee grounds
  • cat litter
  • caustic drain cleaner
  • paper towels
  • q-tips
  • baby wipes
  • Limit use of Antibacterial Soaps
  • Medications


We could have labeled this section as money saving tips, because the cost of putting these items into your septic system is a clogged, inefficient, and polluted septic system that would require more frequent pumping and also could do damage to your drainfield as well as your environment, leading to premature reconstruction of the drain field and potential legal liability, and both are very expensive. 


Office of Water U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

"A key reason to maintain your septic system is to save money! Failing septic
systems are expensive to repair or replace, and poor maintenance is often
the culprit. Having your septic system inspected regularly is a bargain when
you consider the cost of replacing the entire system. Your system will need
pumping depending on how many people live in the house and the size of
the system. An unusable septic system or one in disrepair will lower your
property value and could pose a legal liability."

Serving the towns of:  Auburn | Canandaigua | Geneva | Ithaca | Lyons | Newark | Penn Yan |Phelps | Seneca Falls | Trumansburg | Waterloo | Watkins Glen

and all the places in between them.