Your septic system needs to be properly maintained in order for it to function correctly. A routine maintenance schedule will include septic tank pumping for your Covington property’s septic system. When you live in a home that utilizes a septic system, you want to have a licensed and highly skilled team of professionals who work year-round to keep you covered. Septic Masters, LLC, is available for septic tank pumping, maintenance, inspection, and even emergency septic situations so you can always count on us for all your plumbing needs. Give us a call or visit us online to schedule septic tank pumping in Covington, GA, or nearby areas of Conyers, Loganville, and Monroe.
How the Septic System Works
When your home works with a septic system, that means all the wastewater that leaves the home through the plumbing goes into a septic tank. Anything that goes down the drains in sinks and bathtubs, gets flushed down the toilet, or gets processed by appliances like the washing machine and dishwasher all end up in the septic tank. Unlike a city or county sewer system that takes wastewater away from the home and treats it elsewhere, a septic system processes, filters, and cleans wastewater from the home in the septic tank and drain field. The septic tank and drain field are located entirely underground on your property.
The Septic Tank
The septic tank typically holds between 750 and 1,250 gallons of wastewater. When wastewater leaves the home, the solid waste will sink to the bottom of the septic tank, while the liquid waste floats at the top. The solid waste will slowly build up over time, which is why regular septic tank pumping is needed in order to remove the solid layer, also referred to as sludge. The liquid waste gets treated and filtered by bacteria designed specifically for septic tanks and then passes through to the drain field for continued filtering and cleaning.
The Drain Field
Once wastewater moves out of the septic tank, it passes into a series of pipes with holes in them known as the drain field. The water slowly leeches out into the underground soil and gravel designed specifically for a drain field or leech field area. Bacteria in the soil also continues to filter and clean any remaining impurities in the water so it can return safely to the surrounding water table.
The Importance of Routine Septic Tank Pumping
Septic tank pumping must take place every few years in order to provide the septic system with a reset by removing the buildup of solid waste from the tank. Septic tank pumping also allows for the septic tank professional to inspect the septic tank and complete any routine maintenance as needed to help support the longevity of your septic system. Over time, solid waste builds up so much that it leaves little room for wastewater and liquids to be processed before passing through to the drain field. When there is less space for wastewater in the septic tank, it can lead to the wastewater moving through to the drain field too soon and seeping out into the soil without being properly filtered. A septic tank that is nearly full can also end up causing wastewater to back up into the home.
When you schedule a routine septic tank pumping with Septic Masters, LLC, our team will arrive with a tanker truck appropriate for transporting waste. This truck comes with an industrial size hose that they will attach to the septic tank, which pumps out all the liquid and solid waste from the septic tank. After the septic tank pumping is complete and the septic tank is fully cleared out, this provides our professionals with the perfect chance to inspect your septic system and identify any potential issues before they become larger problems.
How You Can Help Maintain the Septic System
When you own a home with a septic system, there are certain things you can do and be aware of to help prolong the life and functioning of your septic system. The first thing you want to do is know where the septic tank and drain field are located on your property. That way you can avoid parking vehicles or building heavy structures above the area, which can compress the soil and damage the pipes. Knowing where your septic system is located can also help when you landscape so you can avoid plants with deep root systems that can clog and crack plumbing.
Only flush human waste and items that are safe for septic tanks. Wipes, paper towels, and napkins are not appropriate for the plumbing and can end up clogging up the pipes and contributing to the amount of solid waste buildup in the septic tank. If your kitchen sink has a garbage disposal, then be mindful of the amount of food you are sending down the drain. Remember, anything solid that goes down the drains with wastewater will ultimately start building up in the septic tank and may cause you to need septic tank repair earlier than you planned.
Signs of a Septic System Emergency
You cannot always prevent a septic tank emergency, especially when the septic system hasn’t been regularly maintained. If it has been a while since the septic tank has been pumped, it is possible for wastewater to back up into the home and cause a serious, hazardous emergency.
There are also smaller signs to watch out for with a septic system, like drains that start to drain slower than they used to. If you notice that water is pooling in the tub after a shower or bath and taking longer than normal to drain, this can be a sign of a clog or septic tank nearing full. Toilets that are slow to flush or fill back up with wastewater are also signs that the septic tank may be full and there is nowhere for wastewater to go.
If you notice a strong odor outside above the location of the septic system, or inside the home near drains and plumbing, then these are signs you may have a septic emergency on your hands. Water pooling on your property above the septic tank or drain field are also signs of a potential overflow or flooding.
When to Call in the Professionals
At Septic Masters, LLC, our team of licensed professionals can help with all kinds of septic system emergencies. We are also available 24/7, 365 days a year. That means you can call us day or night, weekday or weekend, and we can be there to help you out. We understand the importance of getting a septic system emergency taken care of and will bring the necessary equipment to handle any situation. In many cases, an emergency septic tank situation may require septic tank pumping in order to get to the bottom of the problem. Most common septic system emergencies involve a full or nearing-full septic tank, clogging, or cracked pipes. Our team at Septic Masters, LLC, can identify the problem and perform the necessary maintenance needed to get your system up and running again.
You can also schedule regular septic tank services and maintenance for your Covington home years ahead of time. Our technicians will work with you to determine how often your septic tank will require septic tank pumping based on your usage, the number of people in the home, and the size of your septic tank. Call or visit us online to learn more about how Septic Masters, LLC, can help you with your septic system.