Regular septic tank pumping is important to the overall function and maintenance of your septic system. When you plan regularly scheduled septic tank pumping with Septic Masters, LLC, you can trust in a team of professionals to monitor and maintain your septic system and provide a proactive maintenance plan that will help you avoid septic system problems down the road.
Septic tank pumping with Septic Masters, LLC in the Decatur, GA area will involve a thorough pumping and inspection of the septic tank and associated plumbing and pipes to ensure everything is functioning properly. This is also an opportunity for the professionals at Septic Masters, LLC to identify and potential problems and address them before they become a bigger issue.
Do you know the last time the septic tank was pumped at your Decatur home? It is helpful to keep a record of septic tank pumping and utilize a professional team of septic system specialists to provide you with these necessary septic tank services over the years. Septic Masters, LLC offers routine maintenance checks and can come out to your property and check the septic tank if you aren’t sure when the last pumping happened. It is helpful to schedule septic tank pumping consistently so you don’t run into any common septic problems due to an overflowing tank.
When a septic tank reaches its maximum capacity it can cause the sinks and tubs in your home to drain more slowly and cause the toilets to flush more slowly. Call on Septic Masters, LLC to schedule septic tank pumping with a team of licensed and experienced professionals who will offer routine maintenance, identify any issues in your septic system, and appropriately and safely remove sewage from the property.
The Components of a Septic System
In order to know when to schedule a septic tank pumping, it can be helpful to better understand how the septic system works. A septic system is completely underground and comprised of the septic tank, the drain field, and the series of plumbing pipes that connect everything. The septic tank is what holds all the wastewater that comes from the home, including the kitchen sink, laundry, and bathrooms. Anything that goes down the drain in your home ends up in the septic tank.
An average septic tank holds 1000 gallons of waste. Wastewater flows from your home, through the plumbing, and into the septic tank. Once inside the septic tank, the waste will separate between liquids, also known as effluent, and solids, also known as sludge. The sludge accumulates along the bottom of the septic tank and bacteria inside the tank works to break down these solids into liquids. The liquids inside the tank go through a treatment process and move out of the septic tank and into the drain field.
The drain field is where wastewater slowly leaches back into the soil underground. This is made up of a series of underground pipes that are perforated to allow for the water to slowly trickle out and mix back in with the underground soil. There is bacteria in the soil that continues to treat and remove contaminants from the liquid so it can return to the ecosystem as water.
How to Know When a Septic Tank Needs Pumping
The septic system for your home functions is able to process waste from the home for an average of three years before the septic tank needs to be pumped. While the bacteria inside the tank helps to break down the solids, not all of the sludge can be processed, which means it will slowly build up inside the tank. A septic tank needs pumping when the solid buildup prevents the septic system from functioning at its best and before it can cause any clogs or backups. So how do you know when to schedule a septic tank pumping?
At Septic Masters, LLC, we recommend you schedule a septic tank pumping based on the size of your septic tank and the number of people in the home. For example, an average septic tank of 10000 gallons for a home of 2 or 3 people can generally plan a septic tank pumping every 3 to 5 years. Give us a call to find out what the septic system specialists at Septic Masters, LLC would recommend for your Decatur home based on the tank size and number of people living in your home. If you don’t know the size of your septic tank then the team can also find this information out for you.
Signs a Septic Tank Needs Pumping
It is possible to require a septic tank pumping before your next scheduled maintenance. Some situations might require an emergency, unscheduled pumping in order to address a potential issue. Here are a few signs that you need to call the experts at Septic Masters, LLC for assistance:
Water takes a long time to drain
If you start to notice that it’s taking longer than usual for the water to drain out of your sinks or tub, this can be a sign that there is an issue with the septic system. The septic tank may be close to full and the water is unable to pass through the tank and into the drain field as easily. There could also be an issue with one of the pipes that carries the water into or out of the septic tank itself. A septic tank pumping will clear out the tank and allow a septic tank specialist to assess the issue.
There’s a strong odor outside or inside the home
A strong odor is one of the more obvious signs of an issue with the septic tank or other aspects of the septic system. It is helpful to know where your septic tank and drain field are buried on the property and where the odor may be coming from. If there’s a strong odor or sewage smell in the home, this may be a sign of something more serious and could even be a health hazard that should be addressed right away.
Water is pooling outside on the property
If you notice any standing water outside, especially in the area of the septic tank or drain field, this is a sign that water waste may not be moving properly through the septic system. Especially when accompanied by a strong odor, this can be an indicator that water may not have been properly treated and is overflowing from the septic tank or out of a burst pipe. When a septic tank is pumped by the team at Septic Masters, LLC, all the solid and liquid waste will be removed from the tank so it starts fresh.
Sewage is backing up after flushing the toilet
Perhaps the most unpleasant sign that the septic tank needs pumping is when sewage backs up when you flush the toilet. When sewage starts to back up into the toilet or in other drains in the home it is a major sign that the septic tank may be full. If you aren’t sure how long it’s been since the last pumping, then a septic tank pumping is in order as soon as possible.
Comprehensive Septic Inspections with Septic Masters, LLC
At Septic Masters, LLC, the team of professional septic system specialists are here to help with any regularly scheduled septic tank pumping or septic emergency. Call in the professionals for any of your plumbing needs. Septic Masters, LLC, is available 24/7, 365 days a year so you can always get the help you need.