Do you really need septic tank pumping on your system? If you’ve been too busy to do this in the last few years, don’t think you need it, or just plain forgot that your system should be checked on a regularly scheduled basis, now’s a great time to call Pro Rooter & Septic.
After all, you change your oil every 3,000 to 5,000 miles. You tune your car up every 10,000 to 25,000 miles. You change your furnace filters one to twice a year. And most of you visit your dentist every six months. So not only is it a good idea to get your septic tank pumped periodically as well. It’s a smart way to prevent problems later.
The general rule of thumb is to have it inspected –– and pumped out –– every two to three years, though your “mileage” may vary at your particular home, ranch or farm.
The First And Most Important Reason to Pump Your Septic Tank.
If your tank is too small for your daily, monthly and annual use, you are most likely processing more sewage that your tank can hold. In other words, if your tank is working overtime, then you’re definitely a candidate for pumping sooner, rather than later.
The good news is that a regularly scheduled Septic Tank Pumping Service Contract can offer some savings. More importantly, it can offer you some peace of mind because you’ll know that you’re operating your septic system efficiently and effectively.
Getting Rid of Grease, Scum, and Sludge.
Instead of flushing your waste, grease, and other materials down a municipal sewer line connected to your toilet, as you know, it accumulates in your septic tank as scum and sludge.
A normally maintained septic tank typically has enough capacity to safely accumulate three to five years’ worth of sludge.
However, the amount of time can vary, depending on how many people are in your household or who share you specific septic tank with. For example, a person living alone can sometimes go up to a decade before having to have his or her septic tank pumping service, while a large family might need it pumped every few years.
But because you want to be proactive and avoid a costly problem, we recommend that your pump it out every two years or three years at the maximum.
Sluggish Pipes, Smells and Standing Water Can Be Warning Signs.
Just like your car chugs when it needs a tune-up or new sparkplugs, when your tub, shower, kitchen sink, or toilets are slow to drain, that’s a warning sign that it could be time to make a maintenance call.
Other warning signs are smells rising from your toilets or drains, as well as your septic tank, or standing / pooling water in your drain field, or the dreaded sewage backup.
Overflowing Can Be Prevented, Too.
In the section above, we mentioned sludge. But sludge is actually what occurs in the bottom of your tank when heavier substances like grease accumulate.
Next, once sludge builds up and gets to a higher level that it should, more of the solid substances in your septic system can permeate into your drainage field.
This, in turn, can prevent liquids from flowing through your pipes to be absorbed into the soil. And that can definitely cause water problems and release odors when your system overflows.
Make Sure Your Filter Is Working Reliably.
Another problem –– and a very common issue –– for septic tank pumping is a clog in the pipes between your home and its septic tank. So if your tank is overfilled or if something has clogged the line, you should make sure that your effluent filter is working reliably to keep small particles of solid waste from permeating into your drain field.
Check to See if Your Septic System Is Ventilating.
When your bedroom or vehicle is too hot, you switch on your air conditioner. When your stove is overheating, you switch on your kitchen’s fan. That’s why ventilating your septic system and its percolation trenches is just as important, and another reason to have your system checked every two or three years.
Maintain Your Microbe Balance, Too.
Your septic system contains bacterial organisms or microbes that help to break down the solid waster in there and prevent the bad stuff from entering your ground or backing up into your home.
So if you maintain your system’s delicate balance with a regularly scheduled check-up, you’ll also be maintaining the balance of your microbes.
Maintaining and Operating Your System Is Easier Than You Think.
Maintaining a schedule for your septic system doesn’t have to be expensive, complicated, or overly complex.
When you call an expert for maintenance, he or she will look it over for leaks, determine the level of scum and sludge layers within your tank, and perform the maintenance after discussing the cost and getting your approval, of course.
You wouldn’t hire an amateur to perform a root canal or a partial knee replacement. Likewise, you should always have a septic tank pumping professional do this work to optimize your overall septic tank operation.
Who You Gonna Call? Pro Rooter & Septic: (559) 623-2340.
For more than 40 years, we’ve been providing the good people in Fresno, Clovis, and surrounding towns with all of their septic and plumbing services, with up-front free estimates and same-day service.
Because we have 11 localized locations, we can usually show up within two hours to your home, ranch, farm, or office.
All Pro Rooter & Septic field technicians are licensed, bonded, and insured for all residential and commercial plumbing and septic issues, too. Plus, we proudly offer a 100% guarantee –– or your money back––with 100% financing if you should need it. (Some limitations apply.)
So call us today for residential septic tank installation and pumping, as well as wide range of plumbing services, for Fresno, Clovis, Madera, Sanger, Selma, Kingsburg, Visalia, Tulare, Hanford, Lemoore, and Porterville.