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Stay Clean with Septic Pumping
Why does septic pumping and maintenance matter? Septic Systems are like any other piece of household maintenance – maintaining them is always simpler, less expensive, and easier than replacing them. This means that septic tank cleaning is actually an important piece of your home-ownership schedule. Just as you check your roof’s integrity, clean your gutters and dryer vents, and maintain your home’s exterior and interior aesthetic through cleaning and care, so you should maintain your septic system.
How does septic pumping work?
Septic pumping is a process in which septic tanks are emptied and cleaned out. Your septic tank works to carry septage (your household’s waste) from your home or business through the system but eventually reaches capacity. When this happens you need septic service – septic pumping. The most common form of septic pumpings removes about 60% of wastewater from the tank before it is transported by truck to a treatment plant for processing. A typical residential septic system will be pumped once every three years, while commercial systems may require more frequent treatments; however, these frequencies depend on how much water is being used at any given time and other factors such as location and land use around the property.
Regular Septic Tank Cleaning Eliminates Risk
If your septic tank is not cleaned, pumped, and otherwise properly maintained, it can cause serious issues. The first obvious issue is the inconvenience of backed-up plumbing. For those with septic systems, a distasteful, smelly plumbing problem can also become an expensive headache that causes a smelly, squishy lawn and other unsightly problems. Regular cleaning eliminates the risk of waking up to a foul and expensive septic system failure.
Also, cleaning your septic is an act of stewardship toward your neighborhood, community, and environment. Improperly cared for and failing systems can contribute harmful wastewater into groundwater, wells, and local habitats. This is a health concern for people, domestic livestock, pets, and wildlife, and should be seriously considered. It can also pollute local rivers, lakes, or other recreational areas, making them unusable and unsafe.
Why should I use a professional for this job instead of doing it myself
Septic pumping is important because it maintains the economic and aesthetic value of your community. Failing septic systems pose a health threat, and are also expensive, and cause property values to decline.
The best way to clean your septic system is to get it pumped by a professional septic company. It’s not necessary to clean or disinfect the septic tank (in fact, it’s harmful, as bacteria helps your system work) but a professional septic company can make sure that your septic is working well and efficiently.
Homeowner Septic Tank Maintenance
It’s also important to stay educated about what to use in your system. Many items that traditionally go down the garbage disposal (such as coffee grounds and food waste) or normal everyday cleaners like antibacterial hand soap and bleach, can cause your septic system to need premature cleaning. In a future blog post, we will list the items we suggest you avoid using if you are on a septic system in order to keep your household running smoothly.
Most homeowners should consider septic tank pumping every 3-5 years. Remember, every septic system is different and every household is unique, so if you aren’t sure when to schedule a septic tank inspection, cleaning, pumping, or other services, please call us today at (864) 395-5539 with any questions.
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