Owning a home that has a septic tank is different from owning a home that’s connected to the city sewage system. Septic tanks need regular maintenance, and that’s why we’re here. Septic Masters, LLC, provides septic tank pumping in Snellville, GA and the surrounding areas of the Atlanta metro. Whether you need a basic inspection, pumping, septic system repairs, or an entirely new tank, you’ve come to the right place. Our team has years of experience and is ready to help.
If you’re interested in learning more about your septic system and how it works, we’ve put together this brief guide. Here, we’ve outlined how your septic tank works, what it does, and why you need to make sure you contact us regularly to have your tank pumped.
What Does a Septic Tank Do?
Your septic tank acts as a collector and treatment station for waste leaving your home. This includes all of the waste that goes down a drain. Everything from toilets and showers to garbage disposals and sinks ends up in the septic tank. Once there, the waste separates. Solid waste sinks to the bottom, while water sits at the top. In between is a layer of heavy liquids such as grease and oil. Over time, the bacteria in the septic tank eat away at the solid waste, breaking it down into effluent or wastewater.
In addition to the pipes that carry waste from your home to the septic tank, there are also pipes that exit the tank. These pipes run into a section of land called the drain field. Here, wastewater is released into the soil, which filters it. Once filtered, the clean water helps nourish the surrounding vegetation or enters the groundwater.
What Is Septic Tank Pumping?
Many people who have never owned a home with a septic tank ask why they need us to pump their septic tank regularly. The answer lies in how the tank functions. When bacteria break down the solid waste into the effluent, often there is still some solid matter left. This sludge does not exit the tank. Over time, it will build up on the bottom and sides, slowly reducing how much waste from the home the septic tank can hold. Eventually, this sludge will completely fill the tank.
That is when Septic Masters comes in. We open your septic tank’s clean out valve and connect it to our pump truck with a hose. This hose vacuums out the sludge, allowing your tank to function normally. The entire process generally takes less than an hour, although there are some situations where it may take longer. If the tank hasn’t been pumped in some time, the sludge may be stuck to the sides. In that case, we may use a power washer to break it up before we pump it out. We may also need to let the sludge sit for a week or so before returning and pumping the tank a second time.
Why Is Septic Tank Pumping Important?
If you don’t have us out to pump your septic tank, it will eventually fill up with sludge. When this occurs, several things can happen. Most often, the sludge covers the entrance to the pipe that connects the tank to your home. This means no waste from the home can enter the tank. Your drains will then back up, flooding your house. This can result in damage to your floor and walls, plus it can even create a health hazard if mold begins growing in the home.
It’s also possible that the sludge will eventually block up the pipes that carry wastewater out of the tank to the drain field. A few different things can occur then. First, without a way of removing wastewater, your septic tank will quickly fill up, leading to a backup. Second, if the blockage occurs further down in a drainpipe, that pipe could break. This means wastewater will then begin seeping up into the ground. That can cause a number of issues, especially if you have sludge and other sewage getting into your yard.
When Should You Have Your Septic Tank Pumped?
When should you call us to pump your tank? While standard guidelines say a tank needs to be pumped every three to five years, that may not necessarily be true for you. These guidelines are based on a specific tank size and waste usage. Your family may create more waste than average, or you may create less. Your tank may be a small 750 gallon one, or it could hold 1,500 gallons of waste.
If you’re not sure when you need to have your tank pumped, we recommend you call us and schedule an inspection. We will take a look at your tank, determine its size, and ask you some questions to determine how much waste you regularly add to the tank. The number of people in your home, the amount of washing you do, and other factors all play a part in how much waste goes into the tank. We will let you know when you need to have your tank pumped and what schedule you should be on after it’s cleaned out.
Of course, you do need to make note of any changes in your home that could increase or decrease how often your tank is pumped. If you have another child or someone else moves in with you, it might mean you need to have the tank pumped a little more often. If someone moves out, you may be able to go a little longer. Again, having us inspect the tank is the best way to get a realistic idea of when it needs pumping.
What Services Does Septic Masters, LLC Provide Besides Tank Pumping?
Septic Masters, LLC, is here to handle all of your septic tank pumping needs. We also install new septic systems, including tanks and drain fields. We handle repairs to broken pipes as well as clearing backups and major clogs. We have years of experience in the septic industry. Contact us today to arrange septic tank pumping in Snellville and the surrounding areas.