No matter how big a septic tank is or how many toilets it serves, the tank has to be well maintained. These systems recycle the wastewater produced in a home or business so that it can return to the environment. Not everything that enters a septic tank can leave the system naturally, however, and this is where pumping is necessary.
Without regular pumping services, the tank can pose a threat to public health, the environment, your neighbours, and your home. How do our septic tank pumping services work?
How Does A Septic System Work?
There are two components to most septic systems: a septic tank and a septic field, also known as the leaching bed or tile bed. The tank is the main part of the system, as it separates everything your toilet flushes, as well as bathwater and laundry discharge, into liquid sludge. When the system is working properly, the naturally-occurring bacteria break down this sludge, with the liquid flowing through a network of pipes and filters until it drains into the septic field.
Of course, not everything that enters the tank can be broken down. The solids that the bacteria can’t work on will settle to the tank’s bottom through a process called decantation. Property owners must have these materials pumped out to prevent build-up and help the system function as intended.
Pumping Out Your Septic Tank: How It Works
Septic tank pumping is a very straightforward service. A team will come with a truck that has a giant tank and a suction hose. The hose is threaded into your tank and sucks up the solid waste from your septic tank. The sewage is pumped out and stored in the truck, where the team will transport it to a sewage processing site for safe handling.
While it sounds simple, it’s not something you can do yourself. The vast majority of homeowners do not have the equipment to pump out and safely handle the waste that accumulates in a septic tank. A professional service will also help you avoid expensive repairs with proper maintenance.
How Often Should I Have My Septic Tank Pumped Out?
Septic tanks are sized based on the home and municipal codes, so it can be hard to give a general answer on how often a customer needs to have their septic tank pumped. Best practices say to have sewage professionals inspect an average septic tank at least every three to five years. Homes and businesses can scale up or down depending on the building size, how many people use its facilities, and the number of bathrooms.
If you’re having trouble figuring out how often you should have it pumped, call the team at GFS Services to inspect your septic tank. Homeowners who have just bought a home with a septic system should have it inspected by a professional right away!