For homeowners who are new to and just learning about septic system management, the whole thing can be somewhat of a mystery. It's important that you remember that your home's septic system will need pumping and inspection on a regular basis for it to continue functioning properly. If you've never scheduled or had a septic tank pumping before, here's a look at some of the things that you should know.
How Often Should You Have Your Septic Tank Pumped?
Proper septic system maintenance starts with ensuring that your septic tank is kept clear of excess waste accumulation. Managing the waste accumulation is best done by scheduling a septic tank pumping once every year or every couple of years, depending on the demand on the system.
Your septic pumping contractor can tell you about the best pumping interval for your home's septic tank. This interval will be calculated based on the size of your septic tank and the number of people in your house. The greater the demand on your septic system, or the smaller your septic tank, the more frequently you'll need to have your septic tank pumped.
What Can You Expect When Having Your Septic Tank Pumped?
For those who have never dealt with septic systems before, you might wonder what you can expect from having your septic tank pumped. To start with, the company will come out and locate your septic tank cap. Sometimes, the cap is clearly identifiable with risers that make the cap stand out above ground level. In other cases, you may have to help them locate the cap and clear any soil obstruction that's blocking it.
Once the cap has been located, the company will determine where they need to place the pump truck in order for the hose to reach the tank easily. When the truck is in position, the hose will be fed into the open septic tank, and the tank will be cleared out.
After all of the waste in the tank has been pumped out, the contractor will inspect your tank, the risers, and the cap to ensure that everything is in good condition. Any cracks or other damage will need to be addressed to protect the integrity of your septic system.
These are a couple of the things that you should know about septic system maintenance and tank pumping. The better prepared you are, the easier the process is likely to be when you do have your tank pumped that first time.