Septic Masters, LLC, offers septic tank pumping, maintenance, and repairs to homes in Lawrenceville, GA, and the surrounding areas. We have years of experience in the industry and are here to help you with everything from determining how often your tank needs to be pumped to doing emergency repairs on your septic system. Because most of the septic system is underground, it can be difficult to understand how it works or when it needs maintenance. We are here to make everything to do with your septic system easier, including pumping the tank.
Septic Tank Basics
If you are not connected to Lawrenceville’s sewage system, you will need a septic system to handle all of the waste you put down your drain. Your septic tank is a large container that is buried in your yard. It has a number of pipes connecting it to both your home and to your drain field. Modern septic tanks typically hold between 750 and 1,250 gallons of waste, though there are larger tanks available. Some older homes may even have smaller tanks. Today, most septic tanks are made from fiberglass, polyethylene, or concrete.
What Role Does a Septic Tank Play in Your Septic System?
The septic tank is one of two main parts of your septic system. Waste from your home is carried by pipes to the septic tank, where it is collected and slowly broken down over time by bacteria. The solid waste sinks to the bottom of the tank, while wastewater rises to the top. The tank bacteria slowly break down the solid waste. However, most solid waste cannot be fully broken down. The remains of the waste, called sludge, stick to the sides of the tank.
The wastewater leaves the tank through pipes connected to the drain field. Here, the soil finishes filtering out any waste. The water is then either absorbed by vegetation or makes its way back into the water table.
What About the Sludge?
The sludge that accumulates on the bottom and sides of your tank, however, does not travel to the drain field. Instead, it slowly builds up, tanking up more and more space in the tank. Eventually, there will be so much sludge in your septic tank that it cannot hold any more waste. When this occurs, your system will begin backing up, and you will get water or even waste coming up in your drains.
In some cases, there’s more blocking up your tank than just sludge. While the bacteria in the tank work very hard to break down solids, it’s not always fast enough to keep up with the amount of waste coming in. If you have a small tank and a lot of people in your home, your septic system is going to quickly get overwhelmed. It’s also possible to damage the environment in your septic tank by putting chemicals down the drain. These chemicals can kill off a lot of the necessary bacteria, making them much less effective at breaking down waste.
Septic Tank Pumping Removes Sludge and Resets Your System
Ensuring that your system doesn’t back up into your Lawrenceville home is the point of pumping out your septic tank regularly. By removing all of the built-up sludge, we effectively reset your system. During this time, we also perform a full inspection of the tank and can perform septic system repairs as necessary. This type of preventative maintenance often saves you a lot of money in the long run because we’re able to fix problems before they cause your system to back up.
How Often Do You Need Your Tank Pumped?
This is the question many people ask, and the answer depends on several different factors. Most people need to have their tanks pumped every three to five years, but even that is a fairly wide range. In some cases, you may need to have your tank pumped every couple of years, while in other instances, you may not need pumping for seven years or more.
What determines the frequency of tank pumping? The size of your septic tank is one factor. If you have a fairly small tank, it’s going to need to be pumped more frequently. Larger tanks, such as those that can hold 1,500 gallons of waste or more, won’t need to be cleaned out as often.
However, the number of people who live in your home plays a major part in how often the tank needs to be pumped, too. If you have a family of six or more people, even a large tank will need to be pumped out fairly often due to the amount of waste you create. A smaller family or a single person, however, may be able to go quite some time without needing us to pump the tank.
It’s also possible for a small family to fill up a good-size tank very quickly if they make a lot of waste. Certain hobbies, such as having fish that often need water changes, can contribute more waste than others. If you have people over at your house often, even if they don’t live there, that also leads to more waste.
Look at Past Service Calls
If you’ve owned the home for quite some time or inherited it, you should have records of when we last came out to pump the tank. If you don’t, you can call us, and we can look it up. You can use this information to get a good idea of how long you can go without having the tank cleaned. While you may need to adjust the timeframe somewhat if factors such as the number of people in your home change, it still gives you an estimate of when you need to call us. Remember, it’s always better to have your septic tank pumped out a little earlier than it is to wait too long and have the system back up into your home.
If you’re uncertain of when the tank was last pumped, we can come out and do a maintenance inspection. We will look for signs of damage and wear, determine the tank level, and give you our recommendation on when to have the tank pumped. To schedule such an appointment or to schedule a tank pumping, contact Septic Masters, LLC, today.