Septic Tank Cleaning

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In order to remove a buildup of solid waste, or sludge, you must pump out a septic tank to remove that which accumulates at the tank bottom. This includes grease that tends to manifest as scum which floats at the top.

Both this sludge and grease can utterly contaminate the leaching field where, ordinarily, well-treated waste water is normally deposited. How often you pump out the tank is generally dependent upon various factors, such as the septic tank’s size, how large your household, and the proportion of the wastewater that is comprised of solid waste.

For example, a tank with a 1,500 gallon capacity that serves a typical household of four with an ordinary amount of output. In this case, you should pump out the tank every 4 or so years. If only one individual is using a 1,500 gallon tank, then 20 years should suffice.

The number of people releasing wastewater down drains also makes a large difference. Keep in mind that if there is a family of four and the septic tank is significantly smaller, say around 900 gallons, then it is important to pump it out far more frequently, maybe every 2 years.

Factors Affecting Frequency

The quantity of solids that comprise the total amount wastewater will be greater or lesser depending on things as garbage disposal use, extraordinarily dirty clothes being washed more often, and even the environment. A home with a garbage disposal, as opposed to one where the family members scrape food waste off dishes into a garbage can, will generally mean the dumping of almost twice as much solid waste down the drain and into the septic system.

It is important to emphasize studies indicate over-the-counter additives make no difference. Much of the waste solids are made up of sand, dirt and grit, bits of plastic and other non-organic substances. The additives generally promise to help bacteria digest organic matter, and is therefore ineffective on the inorganic solids. It’s best to stick to a recommended schedule of pumping out a tank on a regular basis.

As well, any added bacteria to a tank will be in competition with the established bacteria that have already adapted to the tank environment. The already established bacteria will actually devouring the newly introduced bacteria, making it ineffective for multiple reasons.

It’s best to follow recommended guidelines and pump out a septic tank every 3 to 5 years, If your sewage disposal system consists of a holding tank only with no septic field, it will need to be pumped out more. Contact us today for more information. We’re happy to answer your questions.

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