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What To Expect During A Septic Tank Pumping

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A septic tank pumping service does much more than simply drain the sludge and waste from your tank. Although not all services are always performed or even necessary, the following details what is typically provided during your routine pumping and maintenance appointment. 

Tank Location

If this is the first time you are having the tank pumped since you bought your home, you may not know exactly where the tank and access port are located. Fortunately, septic services provide tank location for a small cost. Make note of the location once it is found so that you won't have to invest in this service the next time you need a pumping.

Main Pumping Service

Pumping is the most important part of septic service. How often you pump depends on several factors, including household size, tank size, and water usage, but it is generally performed every two to four years. The service will use a vacuum pump to remove most of the waste and sludge from the tank. This special pump literally creates a vacuum in your tank, which ensures that all of the sludge is fully removed.

Full Cleaning

After pumping comes the cleaning. This is done with specialized scrubbing tools and a hose. Many services also use cameras during this process to ensure that nothing is missed. Both the walls of the tank along with the outlets will be thoroughly clean and the effluent filters will be changed. In rare cases damage may be found. In this case, a technician may need to enter the tank for a more thorough cleaning or to make repairs.

Mainline Maintenance

Your mainline, which is what takes the effluent from your home to your tank, will also be blown out and cleaned. This way, you won't have to worry about any blockages. If you have had recent issues with mainline leaks or backups, then your service may use a camera to assess the status of the mainline so that repairs or replacement can take place.

Drainfield Inspection

The final step is to make sure your drainfield is operating correctly. Your septic service can inspect the lines that release effluent into the drainfield to make sure they are operating correctly. They will also check the field itself for basic issues, such as standing water or trees rooting in the field. If problems are found, you will need to schedule a drainfield repair.

Contact a septic pumping service if you would like more information.


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