One key aspect of maintaining your septic system is to regularly schedule septic tank pumping. Regularly scheduled maintenance can help identify potential issues, prevent backups and overflows, and help extend the lifespan of your septic system. Septic tank pumping allows for the team at Septic Masters, LLC to thoroughly inspect your septic tank, plumbing, and pipes in order to ensure everything is functioning properly. Septic tanks will require periodic pumping to manage the waste contents so you don’t experience any overflows, backups, or other septic emergencies.
If you are not sure the last time the septic tank at your Suwanee home was pumped, Septic Masters, LLC is here to help. A routine maintenance check will allow for a team of professionals to inspect your septic system and check for signs that pumping may be necessary. When a septic tank starts to reach maximum capacity you may notice tubs and sinks are slow to drain or backups in the toilet. The team at Septic Masters, LLC is licensed and experienced in providing routine maintenance, identifying septic system issues, and appropriate sewage removal.
What Is a Septic System?
It is helpful to understand the basics of your septic system and keep a record of the maintenance history. A septic system is comprised of two main underground components: the septic tank and the drain field. All wastewater in the home, from the kitchen, bathrooms, and laundry, flow through the plumbing into the septic tank. An average septic tank can hold around 1000 gallons of waste. When the wastewater flows into the septic tank it separates between solids, also referred to as sludge, that sink to the bottom and liquid waste, called effluent, that rises to the top. The solid wastes, or sludge, stay along the bottom of the tank where it is broken down by bacteria unique to septic tanks. The liquid waste, or effluent, passes from the septic tank and through a series of perforated pipes that are known as the drain field. The drain field is what helps to further remove contaminants from the water and return it to the soil.
How Does a Septic System Work?
The purpose of a septic system is to safely transport wastewater from the home safely. When functioning optimally, the bacteria in the septic tank will break down the sludge so it becomes liquid and is able to leach out through the drain field. As the liquid waste drains out of the septic tank and into the drain field and the solids break down, this maintains space inside the septic tank to continue to process additional wastewater from the home. This process runs continuously with whatever water and other wastes go down the drain. However, over time the sludge builds up in the septic tank and requires pumping.
When Does a Septic Tank Need Pumping?
A routinely scheduled septic tank pumping in Suwanee is necessary when the septic tank begins to fill up with sludge to the point where it is unable to process water waste or the process has slowed significantly due to buildup. On average, a septic tank pumping can be scheduled anywhere from 3-5 years at a time depending on the number of people regularly in the home. The professionals at Septic Masters, LLC can advise you on a more specific schedule based on the size of your septic tank and the general plumbing usage in your home. An unscheduled septic tank pumping can occur in emergency situations, like with a blockage or backup where waste is pooling in the yard above the drain field or septic tank, or leaking into the home. Septic Masters, LLC is available 24/7 365 days a year to address any such plumbing emergencies and can provide septic tank services to identify and address the problem.
In between regularly scheduled pumping, there are situations that may arise that require an emergency septic tank pumping. Here are a few signs that it’s time to call in the experts:
One of the most obvious signs of an issue with the septic system is if you smell a strong odor. If you know where the septic tank is located underground, you may notice the smell coming from that area. Similarly, the odor may be coming from the drain field on the property. When the septic tank fills up, the buildup can release a strong odor and can also be unhealthy. If you notice a strong sewage odor inside the home, you should call the professionals at Septic Masters, LLC immediately.
If you start to notice the drains in the kitchen and bathroom sinks are moving slower than normal, or it’s taking longer than normal for the tub to drain, these can all be signs that the septic tank needs to be pumped. Reasons for slow draining could be a full septic tank or an issue with the pipes, like a blockage or leak.
It is helpful to know the location of the septic tank and drain field on your property so you are better able to identify issues before they become a larger problem. If you see any standing water above where the septic tank or drain field are located underground, this is a sign that the tank is full and needs to be pumped immediately. A professional will need to inspect the tank and look for other issues that may be causing the pooling water.
One of the more unfortunate signs of a problem with the septic tank is if sewage begins to back up in the toilets or even in other drains in the home. If it has been a while since the last septic tank pumping then this is a serious sign of a full tank that needs to be addressed immediately. If not much time has passed since a previous pumping then it could also be a sign of something more serious. Either way, sewage backing up into the home is a reason to call the professionals at Septic Masters, LLC as soon as possible.
Septic Tank Pumping with Septic Masters, LLC
Septic Masters, LLC has a team of professionals who recognize the importance of keeping you and your family safe in your home. We offer routine maintenance on septic systems, full septic system pumping, and comprehensive septic inspections with the latest technologies in order to diagnose any issues and help prevent potential problems in the future. Leave the plumbing to the professionals at Septic Masters, LLC and allow our team to set you up with a schedule that’s best for your home and provide you with the 24/7 quality service you deserve. We offer quality, affordable septic tank pumping in Suwanee, GA, and you can contact us at any time to reach a septic system specialist. Call today to schedule your next septic tank pumping and get a free quote on all the services we have to offer.