Septic systems need proper maintenance to continue functioning correctly. If you own a home in Monroe, GA, and have a septic system, you need the right septic service company on your side to keep your system working year-round. Septic Masters, LLC, is that company. We have years of experience working on septic systems of all sizes and ages, and we’re here to help you. If you need septic tank pumping in Monroe, GA, or in any of the surrounding cities such as Gainesville, Snellville, Hoschton, or Buford, give us a call.
What Does a Septic Tank Do?
You may not think about what happens to the waste and the water that goes down your drains, sinks, and toilets. It has to go somewhere, but the “where” doesn’t really seem that important. However, if you have a septic tank instead of being connected to a city sewage system, you do need to be aware of what’s going on with any waste that goes down your drain. Your septic tank doesn’t have an infinite capacity, after all, and it can fill up.
When anything goes down a drain in your house, it’s carried by drainpipes to the septic tank. Here, the waste starts to separate. Wastewater that contains nothing else floats to the top. Then heavier liquids like grease and oil sink below it. Below that is the solid waste. As this solid waste settles on the bottom of the tank, special bacteria go to work breaking it down. They create two different things: wastewater, which floats to the top to join the other water, and sludge, which sticks to the bottom and sides of the tank.
All of the lighter wastewater leaves the septic tank through a series of pipes that connect it to the drain field. Here, the water empties out into the soil and is filtered even more as it is absorbed. Eventually, this now-clean water is used by vegetation or becomes a part of the water table. Your drain field should be situated away from your house where you won’t park on it or really use it.
Why Do You Need to Have the Septic Tank Pumped?
If wastewater leaves the tank, why do you need Septic Masters to periodically pump your tank? The sludge that sticks to the tank’s interior doesn’t get removed. Over time, more and more of this sludge builds up as bacteria breaks down the solid waste in the tank. Eventually, there will be so much sludge that your septic tank won’t be able to hold much waste at all. This can lead to a number of problems, including backups into your home. Ideally, you will have us come out and pump your septic tank before it reaches this point. But how do you know when your tank needs pumping, especially if you’re relatively new to the property and aren’t sure when the tank was pumped last?
How Often Your Septic Tank Requires Pumping
Determining how often your septic tank needs to be pumped is fairly easy with the right information. First, if you haven’t had the tank pumped since you moved into the home, we will want to come out and do an inspection. This is important for two reasons. First, it will reassure you (and us) that your septic system is functioning correctly. Second, it allows us to judge how much of a buildup is in your tank. This will help us determine when we need to return to pump the tank. After this initial septic tank cleaning, we can put you on a schedule so your tank will be pumped out before it gets close to overflowing.
To create this schedule, first we will look at the size of your septic tank. Small tanks hold 750 to 1,000 gallons of waste. Large tanks can hold 2,000 gallons or more. On average, though, a typical single-family home has a septic tank of 750 to 1,250 gallons. In general, the larger the tank, the less often it will need to be pumped.
However, there is another factor that we have to tank into account when determining how often your septic tank should be cleaned: how many people live in your home. The more people in your home, the more waste you will put down the drains and the faster your septic tank will fill up. If you have a small family of three and a large tank, you may be able to go five years or more without seeing us. If you have six or seven people in your family, though, you’ll need more regular service. In general, your septic tank will likely need pumping every three to five years. Larger families or those with smaller tanks will be closer to every three years, while small families with large tanks won’t need the tank pumped as often.
What Should You Do When You Need Septic Tank Pumping?
If you ever notice water backing up in one of your drains, you need to call us right away. That’s one of the earliest signs that your septic tank is full and is beginning to back up into your home. You’ll want to try to put as little down the drain as possible if this happens. When we come to pump your tank, whether it’s an emergency or a scheduled maintenance, there are a few things you can do. First, be sure we have enough space to get our large pump truck close to the tank. We don’t need to park right next to it since we do have a long vacuum hose, but it helps if we can get fairly close.
Next, mark the septic tank cleanout if you know where it is. If you don’t, that’s okay—we can help you find it and mark it for next time. You should avoid starting any laundry or running your dishwasher at this point, so your septic system isn’t in use. Once we get the hose set up, it should only take an hour or so to pump out the tank unless it’s very full. If you have a lot of built-up sludge, we may also need to take the time to break it up before we can vacuum it out.
Are you ready to schedule your next septic tank pumping appointment? Have questions about your tank? Give Septic Masters, LLC, a call today.