Septic tanks are built to last north of 40 years. That is a pretty long lifespan if you ask us for any type of appliance. Like with anything though, if you give them the proper care they will most likely reach the 40-year mark of service. There are plenty of things that you can do that would be considered caring for your septic systems. Getting them thoroughly cleaned every now and then is one of the most effective ways to make sure that your septic systems have the best chance to live out their 40-year warranty!
What Do We Clean Them With?
Really, you use soap and water? A lot of people who see us perform this service for the first time really don’t know what to expect. After all, it is not every day that you get a group of professionals to come in and clean the area that is designated to handle your wastes. A lot of septic tanks use special chemicals to decompose wastes. Which means that we may have to be extra careful when diving into your tank. For the most part, we do use pretty simple cleaning chemicals, soap, and water things that you would expect.
Making Sure All Septic Lines Are Free
Like with any type of irrigation system we need to make sure that all of the roads that either water or wastes travel are not clogged up at all. To do that we may need to go little deeper into the system and actually take a look at the lines that run from your septic tank to the septic drain field or the ones that come from inside the house. While we really don’t get too involved typically in overall plumbing unless we have to certain pipes can be part of the cleaning service.
Difference Between Cleaning & Pumping
In cleaning services, we actually go into the tank and the system and unclog any of the lines that may have issues by hand so to speak. When we pump out your septic tank what we do literally use a pump to apply more pressure on the system and try and get all of the wastes and water from the tank to the septic drain field. Minor problems can be solved by pumping the tank major problems will require that we provide a more complete service. Knowing the difference between which service you need can save you from paying for a pumping service that is effectively going to use less!
How Often Would I Need A Cleaning Service?
A lot of experts want to narrow down the optimal frequency of getting your septic tank cleaned to every 3 to 5 years. We can’t say we really stand by that number. Many older septic tanks will obviously require more frequent cleaning services and so will takes are used up a lot. So it can really depend on how old of a tank you have and how much you actually use it!