Septic tanks are an integral part of everyday living for many people. These underground waste management systems work very well most of the time, but they do require a good pumping and clean-out periodically. How often should this be done? The following is a basic rundown of septic tank function as well as some guidance on pumping intervals.
How the System Works
First, it’s good to understand the basics of your septic tank so you can better picture what’s going on down there and how the periodic pump-out comes into play. These tanks take the waste and separate it into layers. The bottom layer essentially consists of solids, and the waste at the top is liquid. When everything is working correctly, upper-level fluids can go out into a drain field area, and the lower solids can be slowly consumed by bacteria in a natural, biological process.
Appropriate Pumping Interval
The average septic tank pump-out should occur about every two years. Doing it more frequently probably isn’t necessary, but waiting longer than two years can lead to backups and major issues. At Drainworks Plumbing & Septic LLC, we perform this service for our customers and recommend a two-year pumping interval for most of them. This is approximately the length of time it takes for a significant layer of sludge to form in most tanks.
Additional Septic Tips
In addition to routine pump-outs, keeping an efficient and functional septic system running requires proper use. We recommend totally restricting disposal of any extraneous solid waste such as paper towels, cigarette butts, and food. We also tell our customers to avoid the introduction of greases, fats, and oils into the system. These septic contaminants can quickly lead to clogging and general disruption of the natural process that otherwise keeps the system working smoothly.
Drainworks Plumbing & Septic LLC offers expert septic pumping and all other sewer and drain system services you could possibly need. In addition, we even provide 24/7 emergency plumbing repairs in urgent situations. If you’re in the Columbia area and have a drain, sewer, or septic issue, give us a call today.