If you’ve moved from an urban home to a rural area, you may experience living in a home with a septic system for the first time. Septic tanks are not the same as being connected to a city sewer system. They require specific maintenance and care. One thing septic tanks need that you may not be familiar with is pumping. Here at Septic Masters, we provide septic tank pumping in Loganville, GA in addition to other related services. If you’re not familiar with septic tanks, we’ve laid out some basic information here. If you have any questions, you can always contact us to schedule an inspection or to learn more about how your septic tank works.
How Does a Septic System Work?
In a home connected to a sewage system, waste from the home travels from the drain down through connecting pipes to the main sewage line. From there, it’s directed to a treatment facility. For homes that are located outside of the city, a septic tank serves as a much smaller scale version of a sewage system. Waste from the home is broken down, and wastewater is filtered and then used to irrigate a drain field.
A septic tank is a large-size (750 to 1,250 gallons on average) tank that is buried in your yard. It’s usually made out of concrete, polyethylene, or fiberglass. Pipes connect your home drains to the tank, and additional pipes run out of the tank into your drain field. When solid waste enters the tank, it accumulates at the bottom. The bacteria in the tank begin breaking this waste down, turning it into effluent or wastewater. This water, along with other wastewater in the tank, is then siphoned out of the tank and sent through pipes into the drain field. Here, the soil itself filters the water before it drains into the ground water.
Why Does a Tank Need Pumped?
One question we often get asked is “why does my septic tank need to be pumped if the waste is broken down?” While the bacteria does break down much of the solid waste, there is some residue that it cannot be broken down. This sludge slowly builds up on the bottom and sides of the tank. As more waste comes into the tank, the amount of sludge increases until there’s very little space left for new waste. When this occurs, you need us to come empty the tank before it causes a backup or causes damage to the drain field.
How Often Should You Have Your Tank Pumped?
There are a number of factors that we use to determine if you need us to come pump your tank. The average rule is that septic tanks need to be pumped every three to five years, but there’s actually a lot of leeway in that. Here are some factors that we use to calculate how often we should pump your septic tank:
- The size of the tank. Smaller septic tanks will naturally require more frequent pumping.
- The number of people who usually live in your home. A family of two won’t make as much waste, so their tank won’t need to be pumped as often as a family of four or five.
- The amount of wastewater generated in a day. If you tend to use more water or create more waste than the average household, you may need to have your septic tank pumped more frequently.
Overall, large families generally require septic tank pumping every couple of years, while a single person or couple who don’t use much water and have a large septic tank may only need us every seven or eight years. One of the things we do is keep a history of how often a septic tank has been pumped. This lets us create a schedule for you that can be adjusted as needed if the amount of waste created changes. We also make sure you have written documentation to keep for every time we perform any type of maintenance on your septic system, so you know when it’s time to give us a call.
Why Is Septic Tank Pumping So Important?
What happens if you don’t have your septic tank pumped when needed? The tank eventually will fill up with sludge. When this happens, no more solid waste or even wastewater can get into the tank. In some cases, the solid waste will be pushed out through the drain field pipes. This can lead to solid waste getting into the soil of your drain field. This waste may also clog up the drain field pipes and cause them to break or leak.
If the waste reaches the entrance pipe and blocks it up, none of the waste from your home will be able to get into the septic tank. This will lead to sewage backing up into your home, which can be dangerous. This can also damage your drain pipes and even cause the septic tank itself to start leaking.
How do you know if your tank is full? Here are a few signs we often see:
- Drains in the house drain slowly.
- There’s a bad sewage smell around the area where your septic tank is buried or around the drain field.
- There is waste standing around the drain field, even when it hasn’t recently rained.
- The vegetation around the drain field grows more quickly than usual or is a very vibrant color.
If you’ve seen any of these signs, give Septic Masters a call. We will come examine your tank and determine the best course of septic tank repairs.
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Preventative Maintenance Is Key
Don’t wait for your septic tank to fill up before you schedule pumping. While you may have an idea of how often you need the tank pumped, it’s not an exact science, and changes in how much waste you put down the drain can mean you need your tank pumped a little soon than you think. Having us out to inspect your septic tank every year will help us give you a better estimate on when it needs to be pumped.
If you haven’t had your septic tank inspected recently or believe it may need to be pumped, give Septic Masters LLC a call today.