Septic tanks contain the waste and water from many residential establishments. A septic system is limited in the amount of waste it can handle, unlike a municipal sewer system. Therefore, regular septic tank pumping is necessary.
The frequency in which a septic tank is pumped depends on the number of people in the home and the tank’s size.
Here’s a guide to help you understand the steps in septic tank pumping:
- Removal ofSludge
Sludge is an inorganic substance produced by the bacteria in a septic tank as they break down solid waste. With time, the sludge accumulates at the bottom of the tank. If not removed, it becomes thick and affects how the tank processes waste and water.
Sludge is pumped out regularly so the tank has sufficient room to preserve and process waste.
- Cleaning of Drain Field Lines
Sludge removal is only a tip of the septic tank pumping process. Cleaning of the drain field lines is next in line.
When a septic tank is full, some solid waste is sent into the drain field lines with the liquid waste. The solid waste blocks the lines and can make waste removal difficult.
- Filter Cleaning
Finally, the filters that keep the tank safe are cleaned. They remove potentially harmful substances like lint that can’t be broken down by bacteria in the tank.
Septic tank pumping is a delicate procedure that can have disastrous results when done the wrong way. Please leave it to the septic service professionals.