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. Simply put, septic system is an underground treatment system intended for keeping household waste. Typical septic system composed of 4 major components and these are the pipe from the house, the tank itself, drain field and of course, the soil.
If any of these components have damage or malfunctioning then it is enough to compromise the system which could lead to drinking water contamination. The repairs can be quite expensive and even require homeowners to get a new tank to replace the defective one if for example the damage is so serious.
An explanation for how such systems function all starts with wastewater leaving the house, going through the plumbing network to the pipes that is connected to the tank. As a matter of fact, the septic tank is installed few feet underground and it is constructed using materials like fiberglass, polyethylene or concrete in a water tight manner. What this actually mean is, it can hold wastewater long enough to let solids settle at the bottom of the tank and form sludge while allowing oils to float on top and 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. As soon as the liquid entered the drain field, it’s then filtered through layers of soil to be able to remove viruses and harmful bacteria as well.
Septic tank pumping is necessary and should be done periodically in an effort to remove the scum and sludge from tank. Never disregard the formation of scum as well as sludge in your septic tank because doing is often the root cause of clog in the tank that then goes 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. The hoses are then inserted to manhole opening at ground level in order to remove the sludge and scum that have accumulated in the tank. These two will be sucked out of your tank and in to the tank of the truck, which will be disposed in appropriate manner. After that, the septic service company will do inspection of the valves, ground and tank to check for clogged or leaks.