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What is Septic Tank Pumping?

For millions of people living in rural settings, pumping septic tanks is a reality. Having a properly maintained septic system is essential, and pumping it at regular intervals is a part of its maintenance.

Simply put, a septic system is an underground sewer system for homes that do not have access to municipal sewer services. It generally consists of four parts: the wastewater outlet from the property, the septic tanks, drain field, and the soil. All of these parts must be in good condition, but the tank itself is the most important part.

at regular intervals will keep it working properly and prevents blockages that can lead the septic tanks to back up and it can create an unpleasant odor. Few things that can lead to clogs in the septic system are cooking grease and oils that go down the drain and products such as toilet paper, sanitary napkins/tampons, cigarette butts, and cotton balls.

This product; however, biodegradable, tends to get stuck in the inner workings of the tank and create blocks that can worsen the condition over time.

Another reason to pump a septic tank regularly is to check any possible damage that could compromise its ability to function effectively. Once a septic tank is pumped, it can be inspected for cracks and other damage visually. If damage is found, it needs to be repaired to prevent future problems.

The pumping process itself is straightforward. A truck that has a large tank, a suction pump, and a large hose will arrive at the property and park in the general vicinity of the septic tank. The operator will remove the tank manhole cover, lower the suction lines, and get the pumps working, which will remove all the accumulated debris to the truck's tank.

A good septic tank pumping service will also thoroughly inspect the septic tank once it is clean. They will inspect the tanks, valves, and inlet and outlet ports for damage such as cracks or obstructions.

They will also inspect the soil around the tank for leaks. Any problem should be reported to the homeowner so he can fix it and ensure proper operation of the entire septic system.

The first problem for many homeowners is that they do not know exactly where the septic tank is buried. This is especially true for those who have purchased a home. If it is buried and its location is not easily indicated, your septic pumping service may use a plumbing snake with a radio ammeter attached to the end.

The snake is introduced into one cleanout in the house and out into the tank. A radio receiver is then used for locating the snake, which gives the tank's location.

Another problem is the lack of a septic riser on the lid of the tank. If the pumping contractor has to dig to find the lid of the septic tank, this can add to the cost of their service. This is also a great opportunity to install a riser.

Remember, when it comes to the cost of pumping a septic tank. The easier you have made it for the contractor to locate the tank, the lower the cost of service would be. A blocked or overflowing tank is a major cause of many septic system problems that can be prevented with a regularly scheduled septic tank pumping.
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