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Make Sure To Get The Septic Tank At Your New House Inspected And Pumped

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When you are buying a new house with a septic tank, one of the first things you should do with your septic tank is have it inspected and possibly get it pumped. You want to make sure that your septic tank will work for many years to come. If this is the first time you have had a septic tank, you may not really know how it works or why it needs to be pumped.

How a Septic Tank Works

The way a septic tank works is that all the waste water that is generated in your house goes out into the tank. Most septic tanks are two-chambered tanks. The first tank is where all the waste water starts out. Any solids will start to sink towards the bottom while the water stays higher up. There are anaerobic bacteria that live in the bottom of the tank. That bacteria eats the solids and turns them into sludge. As that is happening, the liquid will move into the second chamber for further purification. Eventually, the purified liquid will move out into a leech field so that the liquid will finish the purification process naturally and eventually work down into the ground water. Meanwhile, the sludge and solids at the bottom of the first chamber of the tank will eventually build up, lowering the amount of waste that your septic tank can hold, and blocking the outlet into the next chamber. If that happens, your septic tank can start to leak out into your yard. The way to avoid that is to get it pumped.

Septic Tank Pumping

When you decide to get your septic tank pumped, the pumping company will come out to your house. They will open up your tank and then put a large hose into it. That hose will lead to a large tank truck with a vacuum in it. The people doing the work will make sure that all the sludge gets sucked out of the first chamber. They will also check out the second chamber to make sure that there is no build up in there. Pumping your tank is something that will need to be done regularly. How often you need to have it done depends on the size of your tank and how many people are in your house. A good sign that you might need to have your tank pumped is that the drains in your house are constantly backing up or won't drain at all. 

Making sure that the septic tank in your new house is all ready to go will help make it easier for you to enjoy your house longer. For assistance, talk to a pumping service like Waters Septic.