Septic Tank Pumping 101
Septic Tanks are a major component of the entire septic system that is a vital part of any home or business. If properly maintained, a septic system manages all of the wastewater generated in an efficient and safe manner. Every single septic system is completely different due to several factors, so it is impossible to have a universal standard for maintenance.
However, there are four main factors that influence how fast and often a tank needs to be pumped out. Those are:
- The number of people actively in a house or place of business
- The amount of water used in a house or place of business
- The volume of solids in the wastewater
- The size of the septic tank.
Taking these four, unique factors into consideration, our septic tank pumping professionals at Advance Septic Solutions can generate a custom maintenance schedule for your home or business to always keep your septic system working properly.
But, what causes a septic tank to need to be pumped in the first place?
To understand this, you have to understand how a septic tank works.
When a septic tank is working properly, over time it separates all of the incoming waste into three distinct layers: septic sludge, wastewater, and septic scum.
- Septic sludge is the build-up of solids that sink to the bottom of the tank.
- Wastewater is mostly liquid, that comprises the majority of a tank’s contents when working properly and not in need of pumping, and will filter out slowly into the field lines in order to be redistributed into the soil.
- Finally, septic scum is all of the waste that floats to the top of the wastewater.
When the septic sludge and septic scum buildup over time, they significantly reduce the tank’s capacity to contain the wastewater. This is typically when most people have problems with their septic systems. These problems could include wastewater pooling up in the yard, a foul odor being emitted from your interior drains or near your septic tank leach field lines, and sluggish performance for internal plumbing systems. Also, you may start noticing some abnormally lush grass near the tank or field lines. Any of these are an indicator that your tank needs to be pumped.
Signs You Might Need To Have Your Septic Tank Pumped?
What to Expect When Having Your Septic Tank Pumped?
Typically, we first use a tool called a “prod” to locate the tank underground. This is a long, thin metal rod that we would press into the ground until we found where the tank is located. Next, we would mark where the perimeter of the tank is so that we could locate the tank lid. After we have located the lid, we will need to carefully remove the sod, and dig a hole to access the lid. Once we have access to the septic tank lid, we can remove it and begin pumping. During our pumping, we make sure to remove all of the excess sludge and scum within the tank. Before replacing the lid back onto the tank, we will inspect all of the tank components to ensure that they are in proper working order. If they seem to need no additional repair, we will place the lid back onto the tank, fill in the hole, and place the sod back down.
Having a septic tank pumping maintenance scheduled regularly based upon your needs is vital to the lifetime performance and function of the septic system. Feel free to give us a call to schedule an appointment today for your septic tank pumping!
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Often, our septic tank is something that we give little thought, until there’s a problem. Having problem with your septic tank can seriously impact your home. We provide a range of not only septic tank repairs that you need in any emergency, but maintenance and installation too.
Contact us now and get the professional help that you require to get things back on track at your home. You can reach us using any of the information you find listed on our website.