A septic tank system can basically be described as an on-site sewage system most commonly used in areas that have no connection to a municipal waste disposal line. This system usually consists of a septic tank: buried underground and a series of pipes for draining wastewater from household utilities. Septic tanks tend to fill up at one point or another bringing about the need for septic tank pumping.
When is Septic Tank Pumping Necessary?
As a norm, pumping has to be carried out when the septic tank system has filled up. However, this does not necessarily mean that sludge within the tank has to fill up all the way to the top: wastewater is made up of sludge which usually settles at the bottom of the tank and wastewater which floats on top of the sludge and is drained off via a soak pit.
The sludge level is what determines if a septic tank has to be drained or not. It is generally recommended that a septic tank be drained if the sludge level exceeds 30 percent of total tank volume.
What Are The Dangers Of Not Carrying Out Pumping On Time?
When properly functioning, solid waste better known as sludge usually settles at the bottom of the tank while wastewater overflows and passes through a perforated pipe into the drain field. However, if pumping is not carried out at the right time, sludge might accumulate and overflow to the perforated pipe leading to the drain field.
The pipes leading to the drain field are usually perforated to allow water to flow into the surrounding drain field. When sludge flows through these pipes, clogging occurs leading to high maintenance costs or in some extreme cases, installation of a new system due to the extensive damage on a clogged system.
Clogging of the drainage pipes due to sludge can also have serious consequences on the plumbing system. Since the septic tank is full and drainage pipes are clogged, wastewater from household utilities has nowhere to go and as a result, an overflow will occur in household utilities such as sinks, bathrooms and worst of all, toilets.
How Do You Know If A Septic Tank Is Full?
For starters, a periodic visual inspection of a septic tank is considered as one of the best ways to go about this. However, you can also be able to roughly approximate the sludge level within a tank by considering the number of people within a residential unit, daily volume of wastewater produced and septic tank capacity.
It is however recommended that septic tank pumping be carried out every 3 to 5 years. When doing this, it would be best to acquire the services of a professional such as Septic Wizards Inc. Professional companies in this niche not only carry out septic pumping but can also help you determine the amount of sludge within your septic tank in addition to providing maintenance and cleaning services.
What is the Cost to Pump A Septic Tank?
The cost varies depending on how big your tank is and where it is located. If your tank or drainfield needs repairs in addition to the pumping, this increases the cost as the amount of time it will tank to get your septic system back into tip-top shape will be longer. The average cost for a residential home varies between $399 & $799 depending on how big your tank is. Call us Today & We will be happy to give you a free estimate.
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