A septic tank is the component in your septic system that holds the broken-down solids from your home. The liquids in your tank move to the leaching system, which purifies the water before it returns to the ground. If the solids in the tank are not removed, they will build up to a level that is unsafe for the system. The solids will eventually get high enough to flow into the leach fields. The solids will then plug up the stone and soil in the fields, leading to a premature system failure. An overabundance of solids can also cause sewage to backup into the house.
Oftentimes, materials that cannot be properly broken-down end up in the septic tank. These items include grease, napkins, feminine products, diapers, and more. If there is an overabundance of these types of materials in the tank, the risk of your system backing up increases. During a pumpout, we will relieve your septic tank of the solids that are unable to naturally breakdown.
This problem can be avoidable by having your tank pumped regularly. The intervals at which tanks should be pumped differ from property to property. It is dependent on a few variables, including the number of household occupants and the size and age of the system. However, the average recommendation is to pump out the tank every 1 to 2 years.
Besides removing the solids from your tank, septic pumpings can also uncover obvious problems your system may be having. Our technicians can easily check baffles, filters, and any major signs of the system poorly functioning.
There are many steps you should follow regularly to assist in prolonging the life of your system. We have outlined them in the chart below. Feel free to print out this image to put somewhere in your home where all household members can see!