Troubleshooting Your Septic System

Bought Your First Home With A Septic Tank? Why It Is Important That You Get It Pumped

If you just purchased your first home and it came with a septic tank, it will need to be pumped periodically. Below is information on how the tank will be pumped, and two reasons why it is important that you do this.

Septic Tank Pumping

When you have your septic tank pumped, a large truck, which is known as a pump truck, will come to your property. The contractor will remove the septic tank cover. A large vacuum hose is then inserted into the tank and the pump on the truck is powered on. The pump then sucks up the sludge that is built up inside the septic tank through the vacuum hose.

When the company is finished pumping, they transport the sludge that they removed from your septic tank to a sewage plant. The plant then disposes of the sludge for you. Keep records of when you had your tank pumped or serviced. This way you will know when it is time to have it pumped again. The septic tank company can tell you how often you need to do this. This will depend on many things, such as how many people you have living in your home. This is because the more people that are in your home, the more water that will be used. 

Importance of Septic Tank Pumping

There are many reasons why it is important to have your septic tank pumped. One is that if you do not get it pumped, the tank will fill with solids, which can result in having a lot of problems that will cost you money. The solids will overflow into the drain field, which is what is placed above the septic tank. If this happens when you are around the drain field, you will notice a bad sewage smell. If you have close neighbors, they may also smell this odor and start complaining to you.

If you do not have your septic tank pumped when it needs to be, you will notice water drains slowly down your bathroom and kitchen sinks, as well as your bathtub. You will have a lot of backups, such as when you flush a toilet or backups in your sinks. Your plumbing pipes may start leaking, which can lead to expensive plumbing repairs. You may have odors coming from your water, which will often smell like sewage.  

The septic tank company can give you much more information on pumping your septic tank. Contact them for more information regarding septic service.