Septic Masters, LLC, is here to help you with any septic tank issues, including septic tank pumping. If you’ve never owned a home with a septic tank before, you may be unfamiliar with everything you need to do to keep the system working efficiently. If you haven’t had septic tank pumping done regularly, it can lead to sewage backing up into your home. That’s not only a mess, it can be hazardous to your health.
If you’re in need of help with your septic tank, whether it’s to schedule pumping or to conduct a septic system repair, we’re here to help. Septic Masters services the Atlanta metro area as well as the surrounding communities in Forsyth County, Gwinnett County, and North Fulton County.
What Does a Septic System Do?
If your home is within a city’s limits, it is likely connected to that city’s main sewage system. This means there is a main pipe that all of your drains connect to. This pipe carries all of the waste from your home to the sewage system where it is then carried to a processing plant. However, if you live outside of the city, your home is likely not connected to this system. Instead, it has its own septic system. In some ways, a septic system acts as a miniature sewage system, although there are some differences.
Instead of connecting to a larger sewage system, all of your drains instead connect to a central pipe that enters the septic tank. Here, the waste separates. Solid waste sinks to the bottom, while heavy liquids such as oils and grease float above it. Plain water and other liquids rise to the top. This liquid then exits the septic tank through pipes that connect it to the drain field. Your drain field is a section of land that you don’t use for anything. Here, the soil helps filter out any remaining bacteria and waste from the water.
The heavy solid waste in your tank is also broken down by special bacteria. The bacteria turn solid waste into effluent, a type of wastewater. The effluent then is also siphoned out of the tank and into the drain field.
Why Do Septic Tanks Need to be Pumped?
However, while a good amount of solid waste is turned into effluent, often the bacteria in the tank isn’t able to do this to all of the waste. There are a few reasons for this. First, not all solid waste can be turned into effluent. What can’t become is a residue called sludge. Over time, the sludge builds up on the bottom and sides of the tank. You may also be adding more solid waste to your system than the bacteria can break down. When combined with the sludge, your tank will eventually become so full that no more waste can be added to it. When this occurs, your system is going to backup, and you’re going to have waste in your home.
That’s where Septic Masters comes in. We will come to your home with one of our pump trucks and remove any solid waste and sludge in the tank. This effectively resets your septic system so it can continue to function as it should. You will have to contact us to have your tank like this regularly, so it never backs up.
How Often Does a Septic Tank Need Pumping?
How often we need to come pump your system depends on several factors. The first is the size of your septic tank. Most homes have a tank that holds between 750 and 1250 gallons of waste. There are some larger sizes, of course, and some older homes may even have smaller tanks. The smaller your septic tank, the more often we will need to pump it.
Another factor is how many people live in the home. If you live by yourself or with a spouse, the two of you may not create that much waste. However, if you have six or seven people living in the home, you’re adding a good amount of waste to the tank every day. Some people have hobbies that also increase their septic usage.
In general, you should have your septic tank pumped every 3 to 5 years. If you have a large family, you may need it pumped annually. If you’re the only person living in the house and you have a large septic tank, you may not need to have the tank pumped for 7 or 8 years.
We Can Determine How Often Your Tank Should Be Pumped
If you’re not certain when your septic tank was last pumped out or how often it should be pumped, call us for an inspection. We will look at how much waste is in the tank to determine when it needs to be pumped next. If we have done septic tank services to your tank before, we will also be able to look at those records and see how often we were pumping the tank. You should let us know if there have been any changes in your household that will affect your septic system so we can take them into consideration when determining how often your tank needs to be pumped.
Be Proactive in Your Septic System Maintenance
If you don’t have your septic tank pumped when it’s near-full, you may end up with your bathroom being flooded with dirty water. You could even have raw sewage back up into your home. That creates a very large mess that could become very costly if it flows out into carpeted areas. It’s also possible water could get into the wall, under a cabinet, or in other dark places where mold can easily grow.
That’s why it’s important that you be proactive in maintaining your septic system. Don’t wait until it’s backing up to call us. By having us regularly pump the tank and inspect the system, you can prevent expensive problems from occurring. We will work with you to determine how often your tank needs pumping and remind you when it’s getting close to your next appointment.
Septic Masters, LLC, is here to help anyone who lives in Atlanta and the surrounding areas with septic issues. Call us today to schedule an inspection or to have your septic tank pumped.