Most conscious septic tank owners know that their system needs regular maintenance pumping to remain healthy. The average time frame is every three to five years. What you may not know is what the process is during a maintenance pump. The most important thing is to select a professional company. They should be licensed, bonded, and insured for your septic pumping. Training in proper procedures is mandatory. This helps to keep your system fighting fit!
You need to locate the septic tank first. If you have been in your home a while, you likely know where your tank is. If not, locating the tank is usually a simple process. In most areas, you can obtain a map from the Environmental Health Department free of charge. If this is not possible, most companies will locate the tank for you for a small fee. The tank lid must be dug up to pump it. The company will also do this for you for a fee. Make sure to ask about these fees before your appointment.
When the technician comes out, he will check the level of the liquid first. Once the lid to the tank is open, they will check to make sure the liquid is not too low or too high. If it is too high, your tank may not be draining properly. This means that the pipe is clogged in most cases. If it is too low, you could have liquid leaking out into the ground and may need a bid to repair this problem. However, your technician will let you know if anything is amiss.
Now your technician will begin the actual pumping of the tank. He will put a large hose into the lid and will pump out all of the contents into his truck. These trucks are designed for safe handling and transportation of wastewater. This goes to an approved dumping site. Improper handling is very unsafe. As he is pumping the tank, he will keep an eye on how much liquid flows back out of the outlet pipe. This is also a balancing act. Too much backflow could indicate that the liquid is not making it to your drain field. To little might mean that the drainage pipe is sagging and need repair. This will be on your septic inspection report.
There will now be a sludge layer. These are the more solid material that have settled to the bottom of the tank. This is easily broken up and then sucked out of the tank. This will leave you with a nice, clean, fresh tank!
Your tank is now cleaned out! This is the final step! Your technician will do a final inspection for structural damage. This could include leaks, damaged baffles, or other miscellaneous issues. Your technician will let you know if he has found anything to cause concern. He will give you an estimate to repair it.
At Express Septic Pumping, all of our septic pumps include a free inspection and report. We are license, bonded, and insured. So you can feel secure with the service we provide you. Our technicians are standing by.