Septic Tank Cleaning-Things To Know

Working in the septic cleaning service, I hear a lot of myths about the septic tank system. Some myths seem to make sense, while others are very misleading. After years of working in the septic cleaning industry, I want to address the myth versus the facts about the septic system. You may be aware of some of the myths about maintenance of the septic system; some you may not. Hopefully, this article will clear up some of the inaccuracies, or confirm what you might already know!

Probably the number one septic issue I hear is how often a septic tank needs to be cleaned or pumped out. First off, it is a myth that the septic tank never needs cleaning. The reason is that a septic tank is only a holding tank. Normally, water from a septic tank flows out into a drain field, while the solids remain in the tank and sink to the bottom, gradually becoming sludge. Eventually that sludge will rise up over the years to the inlets and outlets, thus requiring a pumping out. If this sludge is not removed, it could enter the drain field and/or back up into the home. If the sludge gets into the drain field it will clog the lines and cause costly repairs.

Countless times, I hear people say that the tank has never been cleaned or it has been many years. Sure, there may be no obvious signs, but trust me –there is damage being done. Unfortunately, by the time someone calls us after there’s been no maintenance done for their system or it’s been a long time between cleanings, the septic tank technician will find the drain field unable to perform its job of receiving water because it has become clogged with sludge. It has been proven that, if the septic system is properly maintained, it is possible for a drain field to have a very long, very dependable life span.

Thanks to our friends from Hemley Septic Service for sponsoring this article!