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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.


Here's What You Should Know About Septic Tank Pumping Services

Septic tanks entail water-tight containers made from polyethylene, fiberglass, or concrete. The containers are buried beneath the ground close to your home and have inlet and outlet pipes. Inlet pipes allow entry of all home sewer wastes into the tank while the outlet pipe discharges liquids into the drain field. Septic systems that have heavy uses or are undersized require more frequent pumping services. This article discusses what you should know about septic tank pumping services.

How To Pump a Septic Tank? 

It's essential to pump your septic tank regularly to ensure it serves you efficiently and for a long time. Septic service professionals tell you when to pump out the sludge, but do you know what septic tank pumping entails? Septic service companies use vacuum equipment in a large tanker truck for pumping. After covering the utility hole, technicians suck out septic tank contents by fitting a large hose through the utility hole. Technicians also use muck brakes to stir the tank's contents, breaking up and mixing the solid waste with liquid materials. That ensures efficiency while pumping. The size of your septic tank and where you live will determine the price of septic tank pumping services. 

When Should You Pump Your Septic Tank?

Pumping occurs when the floating scum layer between the floating water and sludge is within a specific range of the outlet pipe. You must pump your septic tank before sludge levels build up and block the outlet pipe that allows liquids to flow into the drain field. Septic service professionals regularly inspect your septic tank and tell you when to pump the sludge. The type of septic system you use also determines how regularly you should contract pumping services. Systems with pumps, mechanical components, or electrical float switches require frequent inspections to ensure proper maintenance. 

Which Factors Affect Septic Tank Pumping Frequency?

Several factors determine how frequently you should pump your septic tank. The first factor is the size of your household. Larger households need more frequent pumping services since they produce more waste that fills septic tanks faster. The second factor is the amount of wastewater your home generates. The generation of large wastewater volumes causes the septic tank to fill up quickly. Additionally, the amount of solids in sewage also affects the pumping frequency. Homes that regularly use garbage disposals or have many toilets have higher chances of quickly filling up septic tanks.

Final Note 

Large tanks have less frequent pumping needs as they can store substantial solid sludge. You can take measures such as monitoring and limiting your water usage and reducing the amount of solid waste entering the septic system to increase the operational efficiency of your septic tank and reduce the pumping frequency. Contact professional septic tank pumping services to guide you on maintaining your septic tank.

For more information on septic pumping, contact a company near you.