To really understand the process involve in septic tank pumping, it is necessary to know what the system is and what it does and how it actually works. Simply put, septic system is an underground treatment system intended for keeping household waste. Typical septic system composed of 4 major components and these are the pipe from the house, the tank itself, drain field and of course, the soil.
Damage or malfunction to the components can compromise the system which can lead to contamination of soil and drinking water. When this happens, it is going to make the repairs to be expensive and to more serious matters, it calls replacements for the homeowners.
An explanation for how such systems function all starts with wastewater leaving the house, going through the plumbing network to the pipes that is connected to the tank. The septic tank is buried several feet underground and constructed often in water tight fashion of polyethylene, fiberglass or concrete. It is meant to hold wastewater long enough to enable solids to settle right to the bottom and form sludge and let the oils float to top to be able to form scum.
Some solid waste on the other hand is decomposing as well. A t-shape outlet is used in a septic tank in order to avoid the sludge and scum leaving the tank that may go through the drain field. By the time when the liquid entered the drain field, it will be filtered on different layers of soil to eliminate viruses and harmful bacteria.
Septic tank pumping is necessary and should be done periodically in an effort to remove the scum and sludge from tank. If the sludge and scum has built up in the septic tank and you don’t took any action to get rid of it, this can cause clogs to the drainage from tank and to the drain field. With the service offered of local septic tank company, they’ll be performing periodic cleaning of the tank and pump and clean it to make sure that things are working out fine.
The process for doing septic tank pumping need a big tank truck that has several suction hoses and pumps. The hoses are then inserted to manhole opening at ground level in order to remove the sludge and scum that have accumulated in the tank. These two will be sucked out of your tank and in to the tank of the truck, which will be disposed in appropriate manner. Once the suctioning is done, your septic service company will be inspecting the valves, ground and tank if there are leaks or clogs in the tank.