Septic system maintenance and septic tank pumping is not rocket science, but it is important to keep up on proper maintenance, so you do not end up with a backup at the most inconvenient time. There are important things to know about care of your septic system.
How Septic Systems Work
When cities and areas that do not have the infrastructure for sewage and there is no centralized sewer system, an underground waste water treatment is critical for you to live in your house or on the property. Septic systems have 2 main elements, the septic tank to catch all the solids and a leach field or drain field in the soil for absorption of the leach field effluent.
When you have a septic system, all water from your home runs out via one drainpipe into your septic tank. The solid waste sinks to the bottom of the tank and becomes a sludge like material at the bottom of the tank, as the lighter waste floats to the top and the liquid flows into secondary compartment where it flows out through the effluent filter outlet to the drain field. When the soil and water combine the soil acts like a filter to remove the bacteria from the water and absorb back into the earth.
Because your septic tank is storing the waste that it separates, that waste needs to be pumped out periodically. A good rule of thumb is to have your septic tank pumped every three to five years, but you should have it inspected once a year to keep it in good working order.
You may need to have your septic tank pumped more or less frequently based on:
- The tank size
- The size of your household
- How much wastewater you generate
- Volume of solids in wastewater
If you have a local septic tank pro inspect your tank yearly, they’ll be able to give you a better feel for how often you should pump your septic tank.
Septic tank pumping and septic tank cleaning are similar but still different types of services. Septic tank pumping is a service that will pump the sludge, water, and the scum from the holding tank. Septic tank cleaning is when the septic company removes all of the water and the built up sludge from the bottom and side walls of the tank.
As time passes your tank should be cleaned periodically to keep in tip top working order. Tanks should be pumped on average every 3 years and cleaned every 5 years, call one of these local septic service companies on this site for professional service in your area.
Arizona Local Septic Tank Pumping Companies
Sewer Time Septic and Drain – Servicing Cave Creek, Carefree, Scottsdale, Desert Hills, New River, Phoenix, Glendale, Peoria and Tempe
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