To be able to thoroughly understand what’s involved when professional do septic tank pumping, it is important to know first what the system is, how it works and what it does. Basically, septic system is underground treatment that is meant to keep the household waste. There are often 4 components that these systems have to ensure that they will work properly and these include the pipe, tank itself, the drain field and soil.
Any damage or malfunction to these components compromises the system leading to the contamination of soil as well as drinking water. When such thing happens, the repairs will be costly or even require homeowners to buy a new tank to replace the old one if the damage has gone through considerable extent.
A basic explanation to how these systems work start with wastewater leaving your house through plumbing network in the house to pipe that then goes straight to the tank. As for the septic tank, it’s buried few feet underground and they’re often constructed in water tight manner using materials like concrete, fiberglass or polyethylene. It is meant to hold wastewater long enough to enable solids to settle right to the bottom and form sludge and let the oils float to top to be able to form scum.
In relation to solid waste, it decomposes as well. A t-shape outlet is used in a septic tank in order to avoid the sludge and scum leaving the tank that may go through the drain field. By the time when the liquid entered the drain field, it will be filtered on different layers of soil to eliminate viruses and harmful bacteria.
To remove the scum and sludge from the tank, it is necessary to carry out septic tank pumping periodically. If the sludge and scum has built up in the septic tank and you don’t took any action to get rid of it, this can cause clogs to the drainage from tank and to the drain field. With the service offered of local septic tank company, they’ll be performing periodic cleaning of the tank and pump and clean it to make sure that things are working out fine.
In regards to septic tank pumping process, there will be a big tank truck that has hoses and pumps for suctioning the tank. These hoses are inserted to a manhole opening at the ground to remove sludge and scum. These two will be sucked out of your tank and in to the tank of the truck, which will be disposed in appropriate manner. The septic service company checks the valves, ground and tank for any clog or leaks.