Most properties have a septic system treating the waste on their premises. All drains tend to converge to a single pipe leading to a septic tank buried outside. When wastewater from a toilet, shower, sink or washing machine leaves your building, it is combined, but starts to separate after hitting the septic tank. The heaviest matter sinks to the bottom, while fats, oils,and proteins form a floating scum layer. Effluent or gray water stays in the middle. Septic tank cleaning services are necessary for a drainage system to work effectively. This post explains why.
How Septic Tanks Work
The way septic systems are designed ensures that only effluent is discharged from a tank into a drain field below ground and above the water table. Organic material in the effluent acts as a fertilizer. It is because septic systems are simple that it becomes easy to identify problems before they require serious repairs. One of the ways to avoid serious issues cropping up is to ensure regular maintenance, which involves a good drain field, regular pumping of sludge and scum, and proper tank cleaning.
When Should You Clean?
The only way you can understand the condition of your septic system is to pump and clean the tank regularly, and inspect it yourself or with professional help. When your septic tank should be cleaned depends on the size of the tank you have installed, as well as the number of people using the premises. Tanks should be pumped every 3 to 5 years, but the amount of water used and volume of solids in the wastewater are also determining factors.Cleaning and regular pumping of your septic tank can help you avoid costly repairs in the future, keep the people living on your property in good health, and help the environment by preventing harmful pathogens from entering the water table.
Septic Tank Cleaning Services
Cleaning your septic tanks regularly is advised for effective drainage as well as lower maintenance costs. To find out more, contact the team at Roto-Rooter High Desertfor commercial plumbing services in the High Desert area, or for an estimate.