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4 Things To Know About Septic Pumping Services

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Septic tank systems can become a stinky mess when they are not properly observed. The most common way to take care of your septic system is to get it cleaned and pumped so that sludge doesn't back it up. It's a dirty job, but you'll be glad that you got it done. Learning about what occurs during a service call will help you grow in experience as a homeowner and take better care of your septic system. 

1. Why septic pumping services are your responsibility

Septic pumping services keep your tanks from overfilling. This is usually necessary if you live somewhere that doesn't have interconnected plumbing, such as rural or mountainous areas. It has to be done so that your system can still work and so that harmful bacteria are discarded. 

Heavy layers of solid waste sink to the bottom of the tank, while lighter layers create an oil at the top. The middle layers are actually healthy and can be reused in your lawn as fertilizer. To properly discard the waste without damaging the system or pumping the wrong types of waste, a pumping system must be used. 

2. What happens during a septic pumping service call

The septic professional will first identify all three layers of sludge or scum. They will cut off all areas of plumbing in your home, so you'll be without running water for a while. Next, the tank access lid is opened and a hose is connected. This hose runs from the septic system to a large tanker truck that hauls the waste off.  

3. Where the septic waste goes and the environmental impact of septic pumping

Correct septic pumping is an environmental safety issue. It is organic waste, which means it can't be sent off to the landfill or recycling center like other forms of waste. The waste is instead taken to treatment centers that process it for elimination or to use as other forms of energy. Agricultural fertilizer is the most common, and it can even be turned into electricity. 

4. When you should get septic tank pumping services 

Get your septic tank pumped every 3 to 5 years. Also, get it inspected every year just in case and to be sure that you do not already have blockages in place. It isn't something you should attempt to do on your own since such harmful bacteria are in play and you can accidentally damage your plumbing. 

When you are attentive to your septic tank system, it will serve your home well.