If you’re in need of septic tank pumping in Buford, GA, Septic Masters is here for you. We offer a wide range of septic tank services, including pumping, repairs, and installation. Our team has years of experience working with septic tanks of all sizes, and we’re ready to assist you with keeping your septic system functioning properly. If you’re in Buford or any of the surrounding areas, including Gwinnett County, Forsyth County, North Fulton County, and Hall County, give us a call today. Whether you need a regular inspection, septic tank pumping, or have an emergency, we’re here to help.
How Does a Septic System Work?
If you’ve never lived in a house that has a septic system, you may not fully understand how it works or why your septic tank requires pumping. If you live in an urban area, your home is likely connected to the city sewage system. All of your drains connect to this system, so all of the waste and wastewater flows into the sewar. If you live in a rural area, though, you likely aren’t connected to such a system. Instead, your home will need to have its own septic system.
This system is similar to a sewage system, but it’s more complex because it has to do all of the work that a city system does. When waste goes down a drain, it’s carried by pipes to the septic tank. Here, the waste separates. Solid waste sinks to the bottom of the tank where it is slowly broken down by special bacteria. Above this solid waste is heavy liquids. These liquids include oil, grease, and other liquids that aren’t light enough to float at the top of the tank. All of the wastewater rises to the top. This water exits the septic tank through pipes connecting it to a drain field. Here, the water is filtered out through the soil, which removes any remaining bacteria and other harmful particles. The now-clean water enters the water table and is used to nourish the grass and other vegetation nearby.
Unfortunately, while the bacteria in your septic tank can break down much of the solid waste into wastewater, there will be some remnant that cannot be broken down. This is called sludge, and it sticks to the bottom and sides of the tank. Over time, this sludge builds up. As this happens, your tank can hold less and less waste. Eventually, the tank will be full, and your drains will start backing up. That’s why septic tank pumping is necessary.
How Often Should Your Septic Tank be Pumped?
How often your tank needs to be pumped depends on a number of different factors. First, there’s the size. Septic tanks can hold anywhere from 750 gallons to over 2,000 gallons. Most are in the 750 to 1250 range, with older tanks often being more on the smaller side. Naturally, smaller tanks will need to be pumped more often.
Another factor we will ask you about when we talk to you about septic tank pumping is the number of people in your home. The more people who live in your home, the more waste is being added to your septic tank every day. If it’s just you and your spouse, you’re not adding a significant amount of waste to the tank on a daily basis. This means even a small 750 gallon tank may not need to be pumped more than once every four or five years. However, if you’re a family of five, you’ll need more frequent maintenance.
It also helps if you tell us about any hobbies or other activities you have that add to your septic usage. For example, we know painters have a lot of brushes to wash out, which is going to add more wastewater and some paint residue, which will join the heavy liquids in the tank. If you have college-age children who come home on the weekends, you may do a good amount of laundry over those two days. That can put a strain on your septic system every weekend. These small details help us learn how much work your septic system does, which is important in determining how often it needs to be pumped.
What Does Septic Tank Pumping Involve?
When we come out to pump your septic tank, we will bring one of our large tank trucks. These trucks have an empty tank and a powerful vacuum system that sucks the sludge and other waste out of the tank. Usually, all we have to do is find the septic tank hatch, unearth it, and vacuum out the sludge. If the tank hasn’t been pumped in quite some time, it’s possible the sludge will have hardened. We may need to use a special tool to break it up. We may also need to remove some sludge and then partially fill the tank with water to help loosen the remaining waste. If that occurs, we may have to come back a second time.
We usually do a basic inspection when we come out to pump your tank. We’ll make sure your septic tank is working as it should and that nothing looks damaged or worn. We’ll ask you about any problems you’ve had with your drains, and we will check the drain field to see if it looks like there is a leak or other issue there.
If you don’t know where your septic tank or drain field are located, we will help you find them. You don’t need to do so on your own. If you plan to do any type of project that involves digging into your yard and you’re not sure where your septic system is, definitely call us first. You don’t want to accidentally destroy any pipes!
Call Septic Masters Today
If you’re having issues with your septic tank or if you know your tank hasn’t been pumped for years, it’s time to give us a call. We will inspect your tank and determine how often you need to have it pumped. Contact us today to make an appointment.