One of the most important aspects of septic system ownership is routine pumping and cleaning. The most common cause of septic system failure is not having tanks pumped at the recommended intervals, meaning most failures are easily avoided by simple maintenance.
The typical family should have their septic tanks pumped at least once every two to three years. If you have a large family or a small tank, your septic system may need to be serviced at more frequent intervals. If your tanks are due for a pumping and cleaning, call us today to schedule a stress-free appointment at your convenience.
If you want your system inspected by a reliable professional, call Superior Septic Pros today to schedule an appointment at your convenience.
Benefits of Regular Septic Tank Pumping:
1. Avoids costly repair bills. 2. Ensures your septic system doesn’t back up. 3. Decreases odors.
Why Do Tanks Need To Be Pumped?
The most common question we get from customers is whether or not they really need to have their tanks pumped. There are many misconceptions about septic tank maintenance that lead people to believe that tanks will take care of themselves and naturally drain over time.
Septic tanks vary from house to house; meaning the capacity of your system may be significantly different than your neighbor’s. Most systems are designed so that all of the wastewater from your house will find their way into the tank, including water from sinks, showers and washing machines, not just your toilets. This is why household size plays such an important role in determining ideal maintenance frequency, as each additional person can put a significant strain on the system’s ability to handle all of the material that enters it.
How a Septic Tank Works
As waste drains into your septic system, it all collects in the same tank regardless of the original source. Natural processes cause this waste material to separate into 3 different layers.
The bottom layer is frequently called the ‘sludge’ and is comprised of all of the solid waste that enters the system. The second layer consists of all of the liquid waste from your house, and can account for 90% or more of the contents in the tank at any given time. The top layer is called the ‘scum’ and is where you will find all of the oil and fats that enter the system, as well as some solid material that doesn’t sink to the bottom.
Bacteria are an important part of any septic system, as they are responsible for breaking down the solid waste within the tank. Liquids will travel through the system over the course of several days, eventually making their way through pipes and into your leach or drainage field, but the sludge will continue to build over time. While healthy bacteria levels will limit the build up of the sludge layer, it is impossible to fully avoid this. The typical septic tank will retain 50% or more of the solid mass that enters the system.
Septic tanks should be pumped when the sludge layer begins to occupy too great a percentage of the tank’s capacity. There are many problems associated with this, including the tank not being able to handle all of the liquid entering the system and sludge escaping the tank and clogging the drainfield.
Repairs associated with a tank that becomes overfilled can get costly fast. Fixing a clogged leach field can take significant amounts of time and can also require sections of your yard to be dug up to access the drainage system.
There’s no telling exactly what problems you may face, but these are unnecessary expenses that are easily avoided by proper pumping, cleaning and maintenance. If you suspect that your tank needs pumping, call Superior Septic Pros today to schedule an appointment to have your tank checked out. Our professionals will make sure your system is running smoothly and explain all that you need to know about proper maintenance.
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