Septic Tanks have a life expectancy of 15 to 20 years. While these sewage systems are extremely low maintenance, they still need regular cleaning and maintenance. Especially at home, keeping your septic tank clean will save you from nasty situations in the future.
How Do Septic Tanks Work?
According to the EPA, here’s how a septic tank works:
All drained water flows out of the building into the septic tank.
The septic tank is buried and watertight. It is made of concrete, fiberglass, or polyethylene. Its job is to hold the wastewater long enough for bacteria to create two layers:
At the bottom, all solids settle down forming something known as sludge.
At the top, all the water and oils float. This is known as scum.
There are compartments inside the tank that prevent the sludge and scum from leaving the tank and traveling into the drainfield area.
The liquid wastewater (effluent) then exits the tank into the drainfield.
The Risks of a Dirty Septic Tank
As you can imagine, the consequences of a dirty sewer tank can be messy, to say the least. If the drain field is overloaded with too much liquid, it will flood, causing sewage to flow to the ground surface or create backups in toilets and sinks. That is why it is so important to invest in a septic tank cleaning service every two or three years.
How to Extend the Life of a Septic Tank
Can we agree that septic tank cleaning is not fun to think about. That’s probably why cleaning it is not at the top of your priority list. While cleaning it is important, we want to give you some tips to extend the life of your home’s septic tank.
Be careful what you let drain to your septic tank. Non-decomposable materials like disposable diapers, thick tissues, facial tissues, coffee grounds, and cigarette butts will clog the septic tank.
Schedule regular cleaning services every two or three years.
Try to use less detergents and bleach. Not only do these stop the natural process of septic tanks, they’re bad for the environment.
Avoid draining oil or grease down the kitchen sink.
Avoid planting trees or parking cars on top of your septic tank.
Why Should You Pump Your Septic Tank?
A dirty septic tank exposes you and your entire family to serious health problems. You wouldn’t trust the tap water in your home if you could see what a dirty septic tank does to the soil below your home. In some cases, the sludge from your septic tank may enter your home’s pipe. You could be facing a tank failure also if you don’t clean your septic tank. This could even lead you’re a minor flood in your property.
Pumping the septic regularly also adds to the life of your septic tank. Regular pumping will only cost you a few hundred bucks but if you put it off, then you may have to install a new system at more than $15,000 dollars.
Home Septic Tank Cleaning
AJ McDonald provides septic tank cleaning services in Maryland. We would love to contribute to your peace of mind. To request a quote, call us at (410) 799-1942.