A properly functioning septic system is essential for your home. However, if your septic tank is full of solid wastes, it could cause damage to your property and contaminate water sources.
To avoid this, it’s essential to have your septic tank pumped at the proper intervals.
It Keeps You Healthy
As you can imagine, it’s unsafe for the environment or your family to have sewage back into your home. When you schedule septic tank pumping, old wastewater is removed from the system and transported to an approved disposal location, preventing harmful contaminants from entering underground water supplies.
Septic systems that aren’t properly maintained can cause wastewater to infiltrate nearby ponds and lakes. The contaminated sewage can lead to the growth of algal blooms, which are toxic to animals and humans alike. By scheduling regular septic pumping, you can extend your septic system’s lifespan and protect local wildlife and ecosystems.
If you need to decide whether to schedule your next septic tank pumping, contact us to discuss the situation with one of our professionals. It’s better to be safe than sorry, especially if you notice that your septic tank is holding more scum and gunk than usual. Also, watch what goes down your drains and only flush waste and toilet paper.
It Saves You Money
If you live in a rural area without access to municipal sewer systems, you likely rely on a septic system for waste treatment. The septic tank separates solid waste into sludge and slurry, while the liquid portion, known as effluent, goes into the leach field for further treatment through natural processes in the soil.
Regular septic tank septic pump-outs keep your septic system functioning properly, which extends its lifespan and saves you money on costly repairs and replacements. It also reduces the amount of sewage that leaks from your septic system into the groundwater or nearby wells, which could cause disease and contamination.
In addition, regular septic tank cleaning prevents a sludge buildup that requires chemical additives for treatment. This reduces energy usage and contributes to a more eco-friendly approach to wastewater treatment.
It Prevents Clogs
When septic tanks get too full of solid waste (sludge) and scum, it can cause wastewater to back up into sinks and toilets. The clogged drains expose homeowners to harmful bacteria, leading to costly repairs.
Septic systems rely on natural bacteria to organically break down the waste that flows into them. Pumping the tank regularly allows those bacteria to work efficiently, preventing system clogs and failure.
A septic tank overflowing with sewage can contaminate the soil around the house and yard. This can taint groundwater supplies and pose health risks to children and pets that might come into contact with the raw sewage.
It Prevents Damage
If solid wastes enter your drain field, they can clog it and back up into your home. This can cause extensive damage and pose health hazards. The solids also can leak into nearby water sources, contaminating them and causing environmental damage.
A well-maintained septic system protects your lawn and house, saves money on costly repairs and cleanup, and helps extend its lifespan. It also increases your property value. Potential buyers will be more interested in your home if you have clear, concise maintenance records when it’s time to sell.
Schedule regular septic tank pumping according to your home size and number of occupants, and follow basic septic tank maintenance rules like no garbage disposal use, no wet wipes, and no liquid fertilizers or chemicals. Draw a diagram of the location of your septic tank and keep it with your pumping records. Keep downspouts, landscaping, and driveways away from the absorption field. Plant grass or other shallow-rooted plants over it instead.