Why Do Septic Tanks Need to Be Pumped?
Septic tanks are often an afterthought when maintaining your home (out of sight, out of mind, right?) However, regularly pumping your septic tank is one of the most important home maintenance tasks you can do. Neglecting it can cause some very unpleasant problems and it may even threaten the health of your family.
Many people don't prioritize septic tank maintenance simply because they don't fully don't understand how septic tanks work. It's important to remember that unlike homes connected to sewer systems, properties with septic tanks store and process their own wastewater. Instead of wastewater being conveyed away from the property over to a municipal water treatment plant, wastewater is directed to a large underground tank on the property where it is allowed to settle and separate into layers: sludge (the solids that sink to the bottom), water in the middle, and scum (the layers of oils and fats on top). While bacteria in your septic tank will take care of some of the sludge on the bottom, it isn't enough to keep the tank completely clean, and over time that sludge buildup will have to be removed.
Forgetting to pump your septic tank can cause consequences beyond just unpleasant sewage smells. It can also cause these other consequences:
- Swampy areas in the yard
- Wastewater back up into the house
- Slow drains and frequent clogs
- Freezing pipes
- Contaminated drinking water
- Structural damage
How Often Should I Have My Septic Tank Pumped?
As the old adage goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, especially when you're dealing with contaminated water that could potentially make you sick. To keep your septic tank functioning properly, we advise that you schedule a septic tank cleaning service every one to three years.
The Importance of Septic Tank Maintenance
Having to replace or repair your septic system can be a huge inconvenience and an even bigger expense, so keeping up with routine cleanings is essential. To keep your septic tank in perfect working condition, you should schedule regular septic tank maintenance services with local experts who can help diagnose and fix any issues (or potential issues) with your septic system.
A good septic tank plumbing company should offer the following services:
- Septic tank replacement
- Septic tank riser installation
- Electronic location of the septic tank
- Leach line installation and repair
- Line inspection
- Video camera inspection
- Electronic location of leach lines
- Jetting leach lines
- Complete septic pumping
- Chemical treatments
Don’t let your septic system compromise the safety and comfort of your home and family. For top-notch septic tank pumping in Palmdale, Lancaster, and throughout the Antelope Valley, call John Manning Plumbing at (661) 338-6305 today.