Septic tank pumping is necessary to maintain a properly functioning septic system. A septic tank, also called a subsurface tank, is an underground storage container for sewage waste intended for use in residential homes that do not have access to town sewer systems. Typical septic tanks hold between three and ten gallons of treated sewage waste, with the volume of waste water determined by a variety of factors including how many residents live in the home and how much waste the home produces. The average septic tank pumps approximately five quarts of water per day, handling about twelve million gallons of wastewater.
Pumping is often required after septic tank cleaning or pumping, because old solids can build up and block lines, resulting in less than ideal performance from your septic system. Pumping should be done at least every three years to ensure that your system functions properly and that solids do not buildup. If you do not regularly pump your system, waste water will dilute into the soil surrounding your septic tank. This can then enter into your water-line and result in damage to your plumbing or piping, or it can cause the structure of your septic tank to deteriorate and fail. Damage to your septic tank can also result in costly repairs.
While pumping your septic system, your septic tank pump must be cleaned or repaired as needed. Pumping is usually done in the late summer or early fall, depending on the weather and the time of year. The location of your septic system will determine when your pump should be serviced. In areas where temperatures are warm and rainy, your septic system should be serviced more often. If your system is located in an area where temperatures are cold and snowy, it should be serviced less often.
Regular septic tank pumping will also ensure that your sewage sludge is removed from your drains and septic pipes. The solids that gather in your drains and pipes eventually build up and cause your drains to become clogged and slow down. If this occurs, you may not be able to flush out your drains and pipes as they should, thus causing a constant and ongoing problem. Pumping your system will keep your drainage working efficiently, and this in turn allows you to prevent clogs from occurring.
During your septic tank pumping schedule, you will need to check for leaks and cracks in the tank lining. Loose components or worn out parts can contribute to leaks and cracks, so maintenance of these parts is very important. Many homeowners neglect to check their tanks for wear, which is extremely dangerous. Inflated soil pressure can create negative pressure in pipes, which can result in tears, breaks, or cracks.
After your tank has been pumped out, you will then need to drain the sediments and sludge through drains. When you drain your tank, you will not have to worry about the scum buildup in the pipes creating bacteria that can cause illness. The most common illnesses caused by improperly drained septic tanks are meningitis and other immune system compromising diseases. If you follow these simple steps, you will save yourself hundreds of dollars and even have time to yourself by relaxing during your septic tank pumping schedule.
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