A septic tank is a critical part of many plumbing systems. When a home does not have access to a sewer system that can carry the wastewater away, a septic tank is in charge of handling all of the wastewater that is generated. However, since these tanks are out of sight, they can easily be taken for granted and not receive the proper maintenance, which can lead to messy problems.
The Septic System
The way a septic tank works is rather simple: the waste products from your home get divided into solids, liquids and scum. The solids will drop to the bottom of the tank, forming what is known as sludge, while the scum will float to the surface. Bacteria in the tank breaks down the sludge, while the liquids are sent to a septic field where they drain into the ground.
Although the bacteria will break down a large part of the sludge, it is not capable of treating all of it, so this layer of sludge will start to grow. That is why septic pumping is important: it removes this sludge layer, preventing it from entering the drainage pipes and contaminating the system.
Septic Pump Schedules
How often a septic tank should be pumped depends on several factors. Since pumping is intended to remove any excess of sludge, the primary factor to consider is the amount of solids that are being sent to the tank. The more people using the plumbing system, the more frequently the septic tank will need to be pumped.
Another important factor is having a garbage disposal unit connected to the tank. If you have one in your kitchen, tank pumping will be much more frequent. All those vegetable peelings and food leftovers are sent to the tank, increasing the amount of sludge.
Other Factors to Consider
If you have recently moved into your home and don’t know when the septic tank was last pumped, it would be a good idea to go ahead and do it. Not only will you be certain that your tank is ready to work as it should, but you can also have an inspection done. Any cracks, loose pipes, or leaks can be discovered and treated right away before they turn into a larger problem.
If you live in an area affected by flooding, pumping the septic tank should be done as soon as possible. Floodwater can carry a lot of debris into a septic tank, changing the bacterial balance and increasing the amount of sludge.
Why Choose Us?
Septic pumping will help prevent harmful pathogens and bacteria from leaching out to the environment, which will not only be a smelly problem but can also be unhealthy for you and your family.
If you need a septic tank service, we are ready to help. Our skilled staff has access to the latest technology and equipment necessary to get the job done, checking your system’s pipes and inspecting the drain field to make sure the liquids are draining into the ground. Request an appointment for all your septic tank pumping needs: regular maintenance will keep your tank in top shape, providing many more years of service.
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Our team of experts has a huge depth of experience and we are happy to work with you to solve any problem you may have in a fast, professional manner.
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