How often should I pump out my septic tank?

Since you have moved into your new neighborhood, in your very own house, you know that your responsibilities are far greater now. You have to set a budget; you have to clean and keep things in order; you have to be careful of your appliances and fixtures; you have to know the numbers to dial if there is any crisis that you could face anytime; and you have to know the people to call if you want something done. 

The services that you get for your home’s maintenance include the services that you acquire for your septic tank. As you know, your septic tank is a receptacle of the wastewater that your household produces every single day. It is composed of three separate layers—the scum, the effluent, and the sludge. The scum layer is the light waste particles of the wastewater. The effluent layer is the clear, pre-treated wastewater that gets dispersed into the drain field. The sludge layer is composed of the heavy solid wastes that settle at the bottom of the tank. This is where the anaerobic bacteria are found. Over time, the sludge accumulates heavily. 

Your septic tank is a living organism that needs to be cared for and maintained at all times. Ideally, it should be pumped out every three or five times. This is done if you do not have a garbage disposal attached to your system. However, if you have one, you should make sure that the tank is pumped every year. Using a garbage disposal adds more solid wastes into the septic tank. This makes the accumulation of sludge much faster. So naturally, you just have to make the pumping out more frequent.

 When your septic tank is need of pumping out, you should hire septic tank specialists to perform the procedure. Here, they will insert a large hose into the septic tank’s top lid to pump out the scum and the sludge into their collection vessel for proper disposal. 

There are many reasons why you should have your septic tank pumped out that often. One is to let the solid wastes to settle properly. If this happens, then the anaerobic bacteria will be able to breakdown the solid wastes properly so that they won’t be dispersed into the drain field together with the clear effluent that is supposed to be pre-treated already. Blockage of the soil will be prevented as well when the wastewater’s wastes are given ample time to settle. The sludge doesn’t only contain solid wastes but contaminants and pathogens, too. If the tank is not pumped out regularly, these pathogens and harmful substances will eventually flow into the surrounding streams and rivers. You wouldn’t want your negligence harm the entire living environment as well, right? 

The right people to do the pumping out for you are fund in the yellow pages of your phone directory. You can try to call them one by one and ask their specialists what services would be included in the pump out. Look for a credible septic company that offers more services that will enhance the pumping out process. You could also check the records of your septic tank (if there’s any) so that you may be able to avail of the services that the documented septic company has given before. 

To make sure that you will be doing everything right for your new home, you immediately called the septic expert that handled the septic tank in that house before. It was the company that installed the septic system as well so they should be able to know exactly what to do and what to instruct you with. You can never go wrong if licensed septic experts take care or your septic tank. This first step that you made for your new home definitely makes a good start for you and your family. Keep it up and you will enjoy the efficient service of your septic system for a very long time.

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