When you live on a property with a septic system in place, there are certain things you need to be aware of in order to support a well-functioning system. A septic system requires regular septic tank pumping in order to process waste from the home effectively. Septic Masters, LLC, offers septic tank pumping in Athens, GA for regular maintenance as well as septic system emergencies. Our licensed and trained professionals know how to thoroughly inspect the septic system, perform a safe septic tank pumping, and complete any necessary maintenance to keep your septic system running smoothly.
Do you know when the last septic tank pumping occurred on your Athens, GA property? It is important to keep a record of your septic system’s maintenance and septic tank pumping. Our professional team at Septic Masters, LLC, will keep a record of your septic tank pumping and maintenance schedule, as well as recommend routine maintenance and inspection checks based on what is best for the septic system at your home. A septic tank pumping provides our septic system professionals with the opportunity to identify any potential issues and address them before they become a bigger problem.
How the Septic System Works
If you have a home with a septic system then it is important to have an idea of how the septic system works. A septic system is different from a home on the city or county sewer line because it affects where the wastewater goes when it leaves your home. When you have a septic system in place, all the wastewater that leaves your home through the plumbing will end up in the septic tank. That means everything that goes down the drains in the kitchen, bathrooms, and laundry room will end up in the septic tank where it will be treated.
The septic tank is where the treatment process begins for wastewater that comes from the home. Solid waste will sink to the bottom of the septic tank and slowly build up over time, while liquid and lighter waste will float at the top. Oils, hair, and toilet paper are lighter forms of waste and may float along the top of the liquids in the septic tank. The septic tank has a combination of bacteria inside that treats the wastewater from the home so it can be safely returned to the environment. These bacteria can sometimes break down the lighter waste, though the solid waste will build up and need to be removed with a septic tank pumping.
When the water and liquid waste has been treated in the septic tank, it will pass through a series of pipes that lead to what is known as the drain field or leach field. The drain field is a series of perforated pipes underground that slowly releases the treated water into the soil and earth underground. Bacteria in the ground will continue to treat this water so it can safely return to the ecosystem.
The Importance of Septic Tank Pumping
While water and liquid can be processed through the septic tank and drain field, the solid waste doesn’t have anywhere to go. That means you will need to schedule septic tank pumping periodically to rid the septic tank of the solid waste that has built up over time. This is why you should pay attention to what goes down the drain, because if you put a lot of foods through a garbage disposal and use a lot of toilet paper and other items then this will cause the solids to build up even faster which would lead to possible damages requiring septic tank repair.
Septic tank pumping should be scheduled for a certain number of years depending on the size of the tank and the number of people regularly in the home. A home of 2 people with an average size 1,000-gallon septic tank may only need to schedule a septic tank pumping every 5 years, while a home of 5 people with the same size tank may need to schedule a septic tank pumping every 2-3 years. Our team at Septic Masters, LLC, can assess the size of your septic tank and help you determine the most appropriate schedule for your specific situation so that you will get the septic tank pumping schedule that works best for your home.
Regular Maintenance and Septic Tank Pumping
When a septic tank pumping occurs, our team of professionals will bring a septic tanker truck to your home that comes with an industrial hose. They will attach this hose to the opening of the septic tank on your property and the tanker truck will then vacuum out all the liquid and solid waste currently inside the system. The septic tank pumping truck is designed to safely and effectively remove waste from the septic tank so that our professionals will be able to perform a thorough inspection. When you schedule a septic tank pumping, you can also expect our team to perform regular maintenance inspections and address any potential issues or concerns.
Signs You Need an Emergency Septic Tank Pumping
When your septic system is running smoothly you will likely never notice the difference between your home’s system and someone else’s home on a city or county sewer line. However, there are certain signs you should be aware of that can indicate there is an issue with the septic system. It helps to know where your septic tank and drain field are located on the property so you can keep an eye out for any pooling of water around these areas.
If you notice standing water above where the septic tank is located underground, it could be a sign that there is a leak or the tank is overflowing. If you notice water pooling aboveground where the drain field is located along with a bad odor, this is a sign that wastewater isn’t being treated properly before being released out through the drain field.
Inside the home, you might notice the sinks and tubs take longer than normal to drain and suspect a clogged pipe. In worst cases, you notice sewage backing up into the home when you try to flush the toilet. If you experience a sewer gas smell or sewage backup in the home, contact the team at Septic Masters, LLC, as soon as possible to get the help you need.
Scheduling an Emergency Septic Tank Pumping
At Septic Masters, LLC, we understand how serious a septic system emergency can be, which is why we are available 24/7, 365 days a year to help with any septic emergencies. You can give us a call as soon as you notice an issue, whether day or night, weekday or weekend, and we will be out to your home and provide you with the necessary support. This may involve an emergency septic tank pumping if we suspect the septic tank is full and causing problems.
We provide full-service septic system maintenance and emergency septic tank services for septic systems in Athens, GA and surrounding areas. Visit us online or call to schedule regular maintenance and septic tank pumping, or for emergency support if needed. We are here to take care of all your plumbing needs and we have the best team of professionals to help.