Best Practices For Septic Tank Pumping

One of the best ways to maintain your septic system and keep it efficiently working is to pump out the accumulated solids in the tank. Otherwise, the solids might reduce the effective tank's volume and waste treatment capacity. Below are some tips to maximize the benefits of septic pumping.

Pump the Tank Regularly

Pump your septic tank regularly because it accumulates solid waste every time you dump waste into the system. The tank allows waste to decompose and separate into liquid and solid parts. The liquid part flows into the drain field for absorption and the solids remain in the tank. Thus, solid waste will eventually fill your septic tank even if you clean the tank today.

The pumping frequency depends on various factors, such as:

  • Septic tank size
  • Your water usage habits
  • The number of appliances that dump waste into the septic system, such as garbage disposal
  • Your house size

Your septic contractor can assess your system and advise you on an appropriate pumping schedule.

Pump the Tank at the Right Time

Know when to pump your septic tank to avoid complications or damage. For example, don't pump the tank during flooding because groundwater pressure might push the tank out of the ground. You should also avoid pumping the tank if you have scheduled a system test. Testing a septic system (for waste leakage) gives accurate results if the tank has waste. 

Dispose of the Waste Responsibly

Septic waste contains dangerous elements, such as microorganisms (think bacteria and viruses) and chemicals. These things can pollute water sources or affect plants and animals, eventually getting into food sources and making people sick. Proper disposal is necessary to prevent such dangers.

The need for proper disposal of septic waste means a professional septic company should handle the pumping. The septic company will take the waste to a regulated waste treatment facility that will treat and dispose of the waste safely.

Use the Right Access

Pumping a septic tank involves inserting a suction hose into the tank to remove the waste. The hose should go through the septic tank lid opening. That means the person doing the pumping must locate and open the lid before pumping starts. Pumping the tank via other openings, such as the inspection port, is inefficient. Again, professional contractors will use the right opening.

Avoid DIY septic pumping to clean your tank, avoid septic damage, and protect the environment. Contact a septic tank pumping contractor to help you maintain your septic system.