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A few weeks ago, my husband and I met with a general contractor. We talked with this professional about building an addition onto our small home. At this time, he informed us about a problem with our septic tank. We learned we would have to relocate a couple of septic lines before construction could begin on our home. Are you considering building an addition onto your house or business? Before you get too far along in this complex process, think about consulting with someone from a reputable septic service in your area. An expert from a septic service can inform you if your current septic tank will be large enough to accommodate the addition. On this blog, I hope you will discover the most common tasks performed by septic services. Enjoy!


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Vital Things You Should Know Before Desludging A Septic Tank

Debra Chapman

If you have a rural home, you need to install a septic system to aid in wastewater treatment. This system is preferred by many because it is efficient, can last long, and its maintenance is affordable. One of the maintenance tasks you cannot afford to ignore is septic cleaning. This is usually needed when the septic tank is filled up and cannot hold more wastewater.

If you haven't scheduled a desludging appointment before, you might not know what to expect. This post will outline basic details to keep you informed and enable you to maintain the septic tank properly.

What Does Desludging Entail?

After installation, a septic tank will be ready to accommodate the wastewater. When the sewage water gets into the tank, it will be broken down, and the solid waste, also known as sludge, will accumulate at the bottom. This bottom layer will keep growing over time, pushing the scum or top layer upwards. 

If there is no more space to accommodate the sludge and scum, the content in the wastewater treatment unit will overflow. Desludging entails removing the sludge and scum from the septic tank to create space for more wastewater from the house. 

Is Septic Tank Cleaning Vital?

If you haven't cleaned a septic tank before, you might assume this service isn't that important. The truth is that septic cleaning is vital as it extends the lifespan of the wastewater treatment system. When the sludge and scum fill the tank, it won't work efficiently. 

The untreated wastewater may overflow into the yard and create a foul odor or backup into the house. Imagine seeing raw sewage in your home or yard. When you get plumbers to clean the tank, the system will be able to treat more wastewater for several years before the solid and scum layers build up and fill it once more. 

How Soon Should One Pump Out Their Septic System?

A number of factors determine the desludging frequency. Mostly, the schedule is determined by the total number of house occupants and the septic tank capacity. Note that you will pump the tank more frequently if you allow more solid waste to enter the system. These are things that cannot be broken down, such as tampons, pads, toys, and food scraps. 

You shouldn't also allow harsh cleaning products like chlorine, bleach, and disinfectants to enter the system since they damage the bacteria that break down the wastewater. Oils, grease, and fats clog the filters, increasing the pumping frequency.

For more information about septic services, contact a local company.