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Septic Tank Pumping 101: Understanding The Basics As A Homeowner

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Breaking away from a public sewer system and moving into a home that relies on its own septic system for waste elimination can seem a little intimidating if you have no experience. You will essentially be taking ownership of the task of ensuring that your household waste gets to a safe place. As a homeowner, it will be important that you know the ins and outs of taking care of pumping your tank. Here are a few of the biggest questions about septic tank pumping and the answers you will need to know.

Why does a septic tank have to be pumped?

Septic and sewer systems are designed to function for the long term by providing a drainage system for the liquid waste that is accumulated. However, the solid matter within the tank, often referred to simply as sludge, settles to the bottom of the tank and oils and fats stay afloat at the top. Even though a good percent of the solid waste takes care of itself in a septic system through the natural deterioration process, the sludge and solid waste will continue to grow over the years and will have to be removed at some point.

How much do professionals charge to pump and clean your septic tank?

The price charged for cleaning and pumping your tank can vary according to how difficult your tank is to reach and even how much waste must be removed. However, the general price range for having the tank pumped and cleaned will be somewhere between $279 and $517. The pumping process usually doesn't take a long time to complete as long as you are sure of where your tank is located.

How can you tell something is wrong with your septic tank?

Septic tanks and sewer systems in a residential setting will show problems in a variety of ways according to the problem. In a lot of cases, the first complaint when something is wrong will be that there is a foul odor either in or around the house, which could mean the tank needs to be pumped. You may also notice that the ground around your septic tank stays soggy, which would indicate that there is a leak or drainage problem. Of course, a telltale indicator that something is wrong with your septic tank will be the fact that toilets will not flush properly, and your sinks may not drain. If you are experiencing any of these issues, make sure you talk to a professional for help.

For more information, contact a septic cleaning service in your area.