Septic Tank Cleanings

It is easy to forget that your septic tank needs maintenance on a regular basis in order to perform its mission effectively and in an environmentally responsible manner.  

The most common septic tank maintenance is regular pumping of the tank by a septic pumping company. The recommended schedule for this varies, depending upon size of septic tank, number of people that use it, and soil condition at the leach field. Sandy soils can go longer, clay soils not so long. A simple rule of thumb is to have your septic tank maintenance pump out about once every 2 years. This works out to only about $100.00 dollars per year.The basic idea for pumping, as shown on the septic tank drawing is to prevent sludge from building up (or scum and grease from building down) to a point where they can enter the leach field through the outlet pipe.

Septic Tank Maintenance

 

Top Five Tips to Keep Your Septic Tank Working

 

A septic tank wastewater system can contaminate ground water, surface water and your yard with nutrients, bacteria and viruses if it isn't maintained properly and pumped often enough. By following these, you can help ensure that your system continues to function properly, safely and without septic odors.

1. Inspect your septic system annually. We can provide this service to you.

2. Pump out your septic tank regularly. Every two years is recommended by experts for a three-bedroom house with a 1,500-gallon tank. Smaller tanks should be pumped more often than that. This helps eliminate solids build-up that can clog your leach field.

3. Do not divert roof drains or basement sump pumps into septic systems. You want to drain as little water into them as possible.

4. Avoid or reduce the use of your garbage disposal. If you use a garbage disposal, have the tank pumped more frequently.

5. Don't use your toilet as a garbage can! If you put lots of stuff down the toilet, you will need to have the tank pumped more often

 

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