No More Stinky Septic Problems

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No More Stinky Septic Problems

When I moved into my new house, I assumed that the residence used a city sewage system like the four houses I lived in previously. The homeowner did not tell me about the septic tank and I did not think to ask. Not only was I not informed of the septic system, but I was not told that the tank had not been cleaned in six years. I started to smell a foul odor from my toilet soon after I moved in and there seemed to be a disgusting discharge building on my lawn. I knew that I had a serious problem when raw sewage started to come back up through my toilet. After an investigation by a plumber and an emergency septic service call, my septic tank was emptied and repaired. I now know that septic care is extremely important and I want you to know this too.


5 Things To Learn About Professional Septic Tank System Pumping

A septic tank is a key component of a home's sewage system. Wastewater from the home flows into the septic tank, where it is treated and then discharged into a leach field. Septic tanks come in a variety of sizes, but most have two compartments. The first compartment receives wastewater from the house and allows solids to settle out. The second compartment stores partially treated effluent until it's discharged into the leach field. 

1. How often should you pump your septic tank?

The frequency with which you pump your septic tank is determined by a number of factors, including the size of your tank, the number of people in your household, and the amount of water you use. Most septic tanks should be pumped every three to five years, but some may need to be pumped more frequently.

2. What happens if you don't invest in septic tank system pumping?

If you don't pump your septic tank, the solids will continue to build up and the tank will become full. When this happens, wastewater will start to back up into your home. In addition, not pumping your septic tank can cause the leach field to become overloaded and fail. This can be a very expensive repair.

3. How much does it cost to pump a septic tank?

The cost of pumping a septic tank varies depending on the size of the tank and the company you use. Contact a few different septic tank pumping companies to get an idea of what the cost will be.

4. What are the signs you need septic system pumping?

There are a few signs that your septic tank may need to be pumped, including:

  • Water backing up into your home or drains
  • Slow-draining toilets or sinks
  • Gurgling noises in your drains
  • Sewage odors inside or outside of your home
  • Unusually lush or green grass over the leach field

5. Can you pump your septic tank?

You can pump your own septic tank, but it's not recommended. Pumping a septic tank is a dirty job, and it's important to do it correctly to avoid damaging the tank or leach field. It's also important to know what to do with the waste once it's been pumped out of the tank. If you're not sure how to properly pump and dispose of the waste, it's best to leave it to the professionals.

Pumping your septic tank is an important part of maintaining your home's sewage system. By pumping your tank every three to five years, you can avoid costly repairs and keep your home's drains flowing freely.

Contact a local septic tank pumping service, such as Bosley Drain & Septic, to learn more.