If your Alpharetta home has a system, then there are things you should know to keep everything running smoothly. Regular maintenance on the septic system will include septic tank pumping every few years, which is also a great time for professionals to inspect the system and complete any necessary repairs. While homes on the city or county sewer system send their wastewater away from the home through plumbing that connects to the main system, a home that utilizes a septic system will take care of wastewater in an underground septic tank and drain field. The septic system for your home can last for decades when it receives the proper care and maintenance it needs. The highly skilled team of technicians at Septic Masters, LLC, is here to help with all routine maintenance and emergency septic tank pumping. Our professionals are available 24/7, 365 days a year so you can get the support you need and a properly functioning septic system that will last you for years to come.
How the Septic System Works
The septic system is located underground and has two main components: the septic tank and the drain field. All wastewater leaves the home through the plumbing and comes from sink drains, toilets, tub and shower drains, and appliances like the dishwasher and washing machine. This wastewater flows through the plumbing and ends up in the septic tank. On average, a septic tank holds 1,000 gallons of wastewater. When the wastewater enters the septic tank, the solid waste sinks to the bottom of the tank and slowly builds up over time. The water and other liquids are then processed by beneficial bacteria designed to treat and break down waste in the water. The water then moves through to a series of perforated pipes known as the drain field. The drain field is where the treated water seeps out into the underground soil, where bacteria there continues to treat it before it returns to the local water table.
The Importance of Regular Septic Tank Pumping
Over time, the solid waste will start to build up inside the tank and leave less and less space for liquid waste to be processed. Solid waste, also referred to in the business as sludge, can also be treated by the beneficial bacteria in the septic tank, though the breakdown process takes much longer. Liquid waste is referred to as effluent and is what is primarily treated and passes through to the drain field. When you schedule septic tank pumping in Alpharetta, our team of professionals will drive a specialized tanker truck to your home that is designed to safely and effectively pump out the septic tank. This means that all the liquid and solid waste will be pumped out of the septic tank and clean out the tank completely. After septic tank pumping, this gives the technicians a chance to inspect the septic tank and look for any potential issues that may require further attention or septic system repairs.
When to Schedule Septic Tank Pumping
Every septic tank will fill up eventually, especially without regularly scheduling septic tank pumping. A septic system technician can talk to you about your home’s specific usage and make recommendations for a more detailed schedule for regularly scheduled septic tank pumping. The general rule of thumb for septic tank pumping is based on the size of the septic tank and the number of people regularly using the system. For example, a family of two with an average-sized septic tank may be able to schedule septic tank pumping every five years. However, a family of five with an average-sized septic tank would likely need to schedule septic tank pumping at least every three years. The amount of usage also impacts how often septic tank pumping should be scheduled. Families who have frequent visitors to the home or do more laundry than the average home may require septic tank pumping in Alpharetta in shorter time periods because of how much quicker the septic tank is likely to fill. If the septic tank gets too close to full, it can cause issues in the home and even lead to sewage backup in the yard or home.
Signs of a Septic System Emergency
There are signs that every homeowner can keep an eye out for and avoid potential septic tank emergencies in the future. Here are four examples of signs that you may have a septic system emergency:
- Tubs and sinks are slow to drain.
If you notice the tubs and sinks are slower to drain than normal, this may be a sign that your septic tank is full or close to filling up. When the wastewater doesn’t have anywhere to go because the tank is full, it can back up into the plumbing and take longer to drain. What might seem like a clog because of the slow drainage may end up being a signal for a full septic tank instead.
- Strong odor inside or outside the home
An unpleasant realization that something is wrong with the septic system is if you start to notice a strong odor inside or outside the home. A foul smell may be a sign that sewage is ending up in places it shouldn’t be, like in the yard or backing up into the pipes. A strong odor can be a sign of an almost full septic tank or a sign that there is a clog where sewage may be trapped.
- Water pooling above the septic tank or drain field
It helps to have an idea of where the septic tank and drain field are located underground on your property so you can keep out for any potential causes for concern. If you notice any water pooling on the ground above where the septic tank or drain field are located, this may be a sign that the septic tank has overflowed. This could also signal that the septic tank is full and wastewater that is not fully treated is getting pushed through to the drain field too early.
- Sewage backup into the home
The worst sign of a septic tank emergency is if sewage backs up into the home. If you flush the toilet but the wastewater doesn’t have anywhere to go, it can back up into the toilet bowl. Similarly with a sink drain or bathtub drain, the water may not have anywhere to go if the septic tank is full and end up with an unpleasant backup.
When to Call in the Professionals for Septic Tank Pumping
If you notice any signs mentioned above then you should call in the professionals at Septic Masters, LLC. If the technicians suspect the septic tank is full or there is a potential issue that requires maintenance, then septic tank pumping is required. Septic tank pumping in Alpharetta will help clear out a full tank and also provide a clean space for a professional inspection for any problem areas or issues that need to be fixed. If you start to notice the drains in your home are moving wastewater more slowly than normal, call on our team at Septic Masters, LLC, for support. Our team of technicians is available day or night, weekday or weekend, to help with all your septic tank pumping needs