January 07, 2019 by

In areas with no drainage system access, septic tanks are commonplace. A proper drainage system is needed to curb environmental pollution and bacteria and for this purpose, they are great tools. If you have a drainage system, septic tank cleaning is important to ensure your sewage system is safe and effective.

How Septic Systems Work

Septic drainage systems involve a septic tank that connects via pipelines to bathrooms, washing stations, lavatories, and kitchens. All of the waste from these areas are transported to the container via the pipelines, which in turn separates into three layers: sludge, scum, and effluent.

Here’s what these terms mean:

  • Sludge is the heavy solid waste materials that settle to the bottom of the container.
  • Effluent refers to the sewage water located above the sludge and below the scum.
  • Scum is the thin layer created by lightweight waste materials like grease and oil

Understanding Septic Issues

If you own a septic tank, it’s important to be aware of potential issues that can affect the system and tips for maintaining it. For example, drainage tanks should be cleaned or pumped at least once each year to remove sludge and wastewater from the tank. If you have a lot of people living in your residence, which means more water is being dumped daily, you’ll likely need to clean and pump your tank multiple times per year.

Another problem stems from depositing heavy solid waste materials into your plumbing. This causes clogging and blockages in the drain field where the waste is dumped. Additionally, depositing oily and greasy substances should also be avoided as they can damage your plumbing.

Finally, you should abstain from pouring heavy loads of water into your washing machine. Over time, this increases the water level in the septic tank and increases the need for more frequent pumping. The end result is more maintenance expenses that you could have avoided.

Roto-Rooter performs affordable septic drainage system maintenance

To maintain a quality sewage system, Hesperia homeowners should invest in septic tank cleaning. If you think your system is overdue for a cleaning, contact the Roto-Rooter team today for more information or to book an appointment.