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A Few Of The Most Common Questions And Concerns About Septic Tank Cleaning

The septic tank that you have beneath the ground on your property may be out of sight and out of mind, but when something goes wrong, it can be an all out catastrophic event. Therefore, it is imperative that you keep your system properly maintained. Part of proper maintenance is ensuring that you have your septic tank cleaned on a regular basis, which is a task that is a little too easy to disregard only because it may seem like there is nothing wrong with letting it go. Here are a few of the most common questions about septic tank cleaning.

How often should the septic tank be cleaned?

Under normal circumstances the average septic tank can hold somewhere between three to five years of waste before it will have to be pumped to prevent hazards of overflow into surrounding soil. However, there are factors that can change this time frame, such as the size of the tank, the home, or how many people live in a certain location and use the facilities. Therefore, it is a good idea to familiarize yourself with signs that your tank is getting full.

What would happen if a tank was never cleaned as it should be?

Septic systems are designed to accumulate solid waste, but liquid overflow is drained out into soil treatment areas where the fluids are naturally treated through a biological filtering process. This naturally occurring process will not eliminate hazards in an abundance of waste. Therefore, the ground will become saturated with sewer drainage that is potentially dangerous. Furthermore, the lack of space within the tank itself will compromise the functionality of points of drainage in the home, such as toilets and sinks.

What are the signs that would indicate a tank needs to be drained?

If you move into an existing property that has no record of septic maintenance available, you may be left trying to determine if your tank needs to be pumped on your own. A few of the most common indicators that a tank is in need of pumping include:

  • Slow flowing drainage inside of the home
  • The toilet seems to refuse to accept the waste when you flush
  • Sewage regurgitates back through other drains when you are trying to flush
  • There is an overpowering smell of sewage on the property

Make sure that you keep a close eye on your septic system to ensure that it is properly maintained. A compromised septic tank can be a threat to your home and your property. Talk to a septic tank cleaning service to get more advice about any questions and concerns you may have about your system.