Most tanks have space available for accumulated sludge before they stop functioning as desired. These limits are usually designed to be within the 3-5 year range. It is recommended to have scheduled routine pumping before the limit dates are up to avoid leaving your septic tank in an unsalvageable condition, leading to permanent damage and a costly repair.
Know The Signs!
Wastewater backing up inside the house
Gurgling noises when flush or drain water
Bright green, spongy grass on the drainfield, even during dry weather.
Pooling water or muddy soil around your septic system or in your basement.
A strong odor around the septic tank and drainfield
Haven't had your tank pumped in the last 3 years
Call us if you notice any of the following:
There are a number of different septic systems, each with its own design. This picture shows a conventional system. It consists of these main parts: the septic tank, distribution box and the drain field.
All water from your home goes through a single pipe below the ground that flows to the septic tank. (The septic tank is a buried, water-tight container usually made of concrete, fiberglass, or polyethylene.)
It's job is to hold the wastewater long enough to allow solids to settle down to the bottom forming sludge, while the oil and grease floats to the top as scum.)
As wastewater enters the septic tank, an equal amount will exit the tank from the other side.
As wastewater exits the tank it travels to the distribution box then distributes evenly into the drain field.
Incoming water is then absorbed through the soil where it is cleaned by natural means.
Why Maintaining Is Important!
When a septic tank system is not maintained solids in the tank will build up and flow into the drainfield. This will clog the soils, prevent water from absorbing and clog up the system.
Maintaining your system is important because: