If your Norcross home has a septic system then it is helpful to have a solid understanding of how your septic system works, the general timeline for septic tank pumping, and why a septic tank pumping is necessary. The septic system is an integral part of your home and property, so it is important that it is well-maintained so it can function at its best for years to come. An investment in regularly scheduled septic tank pumping and maintenance helps Norcross homeowners avoid costly repairs and replacements. There are also precautions and steps you can take to keep your home’s septic system functioning at its best. At Septic Masters, LLC, our highly trained and skilled septic system specialists are available for all regular maintenance and emergency septic tank services.
Understanding the Basics of Your Septic System
A septic system is comprised of two main parts: the septic tank and the drain field. The septic system is connected through a series of plumbing pipes that carries wastewater from the home and into the septic tank, where it is processed and then released through a series of pipes that makes up the drain field. The entire septic system process takes place underground and away from the home, though it is helpful for homeowners to know where these main parts of the septic system are located in their yard in order to avoid any accidental damage to the system.
Wastewater travels from all the sinks, showers, bathtubs, toilets, and laundry and ends up in the septic tank. Water and liquid wastes float at the top, while solid waste sinks to the bottom of the septic tank. A septic tank is designed to hold waste, and a combination of bacteria is designed to break down and treat the waste. Once the water and liquid waste are treated, they are released into the drain field.
The drain field is made up of a series of perforated pipes that slowly release water back into the soil and ecosystem. Some solid wastes are also processed by the bacteria in the septic tank and also make their way through to the drain field in treated liquid form and are released as well. Solid waste that is not processed will slowly accumulate at the bottom of the septic tank, which will eventually require septic tank pumping for full removal. The soils in the drain field area have additional bacteria components that are designed to break down any other harmful elements so the water safely reenters the ecosystem.
Understanding the Need for Septic Tank Pumping
A septic system functions at its best when it has enough room to effectively treat and process wastewater and release it into the drain field while also taking on new wastewater periodically from the home. Over time, the solid wastes build up in the bottom of the tank and decreases the amount of space available for proper treatment of wastewater, which can cause damage if it is not pumped.
Regularly Scheduled Septic Tank Pumping
The key element of routine maintenance on a septic system involves regularly scheduled septic tank pumping. Regular septic tank pumping should be scheduled based on the size of the septic tank as well as the number of people in the home and the frequency of septic system usage. For example, a home of 2 people may require a septic tank pumping every 4-5 years, while a home of 4 people with frequent visitors may need to schedule a septic tank pumping every 3 years. In order to determine the best timeline for regularly scheduled pumping of your septic tank, technicians at Septic Masters, LLC can inspect your septic system to better determine the usage amount and size of the tank.
Regularly scheduled septic tank pumping with Septic Masters, LLC involves a certified septic system technician who will assess the health and functioning of your home’s septic system. They will bring a tank truck that follows proper safety protocols for waste removal and connect an industrial tube to the septic tank so the waste can safely pass through into the truck. After all the waste has been removed from the septic tank from the pumping, Septic Masters, LLC’s technician will inspect the septic tank and identify any potential areas of weakness that may need to be addressed in order to prevent any damage or emergencies.
Septic Tank Pumping for Emergencies
Unfortunately, septic system emergencies can happen, which is why Septic Masters, LLC offers emergency rapid response, day or night. Septic tank emergencies can occur with older homes that have old plumbing or in new homes where a septic tank hasn’t been regularly pumped. Cracks or holes in pipes or the septic tank itself can cause wastewater to seep out into unwanted areas. If a septic tank is close to capacity then you may notice sinks or tubs are slow to drain, as if there was a clog. You should watch our for signs that your septic tank is full because a full septic tank could cause the overflow or backups of sewage waste into the home. All of these are types of septic tank emergencies that should be handled by professionals as soon as possible. If you aren’t sure when the last time your septic tank was pumped or inspected, call Septic Masters, LLC to schedule an inspection and potential septic tank pumping to help avoid an unpleasant emergency in the future.
How to Take Great Care of Your Septic System
Schedule Regular Maintenance
The primary way you can ensure your septic system is taken care of is to regularly call in the professionals. Proactive spending on regularly scheduled maintenance, inspections, and scheduled septic tank pumping can help you save significantly in the long run by avoiding costly emergencies and the need to replace your septic tank or pipes. When waste builds up in the septic tank and isn’t routinely addressed it can cause damage over time.
Adjust Water Usage
Low-flow water systems are eco-friendly and have the added benefit of managing the amount of water going into your septic tank at a time. It helps to pay attention to your water usage and identify ways that you can work into your daily routines that help reduce the amount of water you use. Your septic tank can only hold a certain amount of wastewater at a time, so it helps to be mindful of your water usage. If the number of people in your home increases then you may want to schedule a regular septic tank pumping earlier than normal in order to adjust for what is likely an increase in water usage. There are also small, simple steps you can take to reducing water usage like turning off the tap more frequently when doing dishes or brushing your teeth.
Be Careful What You Flush
Septic tanks are designed to process human waste and toilet paper; anything else that goes into the septic system can possibly cause clogs in the plumbing or otherwise damage the system. While some products like wipes are marketed as flushable, they are not considered safe for a septic system. Toilet paper is designed to break down and not contribute to the buildup of solid waste over time, but wipes and paper towels may not break down so easily. It is also important to know that septic tanks are not designed to process pet waste or cat litter. In fact, pet waste and litter can actually affect the delicate balance of bacteria in the septic tank that is used to break down waste.
Regular Septic Tank Pumping with Septic Masters, LLC
To schedule regular septic tank pumping for your Norcross home, trust in the highly skilled and certified technicians at Septic Masters, LLC. In addition, we are available 24/7, 365 days a year for all types of septic system emergencies and immediate assistance.