FAQs About Septic Tank Cleaning

August 07 2022

FAQs About Septic Tank Cleaning

Owning a septic tank means understanding the basics, how it functions, learning how to maintain it, and educating yourself about septic tank cleaning. You wouldn’t want your septic tank to fail you because you couldn’t take care of it properly. Here are some frequently asked questions gathered by Septic Blue that ask about septic tank cleaning that might help you as a septic system owner.

What is Septic Tank Cleaning?

Over time, the liquid and solid waste start to accumulate in your septic tank. They’ll need to be removed by septic tank pumping every once in a while, so the wastewater doesn’t overflow or cause backups into the household. Septic tank pumping cleans out both the liquid waste and the sludge that rises to the surface of the septic tank. Pumping is part of the cleaning process. Additionally, the solid waste that sinks to the bottom of the septic tank can be removed by plumbers too.

Should You Clean a Septic Tank Yourself?

Technically, you can clean your septic tank yourself. However, even though it may sound like you’ll benefit by saving money, the disadvantages override the benefits. Cleaning a septic tank requires tedious work and is a laborious process. It’s likely to be executed incorrectly if done by someone inexperienced and can cause you to damage your tank as well as be a health hazard. Calling a professional is the best option. They are experienced and have the necessary tools and knowledge needed to work on this difficult task.

How Frequently Should You Clean Your Septic Tank?

We’ve told you that your septic tank should be regularly pumped. You might be wondering how often this should happen. The answer can vary from household to household because of different factors such as the size of your septic tank, the number of people in your household, and the amount of waste your household emits. The average pumping period should be every 3-5 years but consider asking a professional about the recommended pumping period for your household.

Can I use bacteria additive products?

Yes, in fact, it’s recommended that you do. Bacteria should be present inside the septic tank so it can break down the solid waste. Nowadays, household cleaning products are made to be anti-bacterial, such as bleach. Although these products are good for removing harmful bacteria from household surfaces, they also eliminate the bacteria needed for your septic system. Refrain from using products that can kill helpful bacteria.

How to Know if Your Septic Tank Needs Cleaning?

If you notice bad odors or slow drains around your house, these can be signs of your septic tank needing to be pumped. If you wait too long to pump your septic tank, it has a risk of overflowing, so make sure you’re aware of where your septic tank is located on your property.

For more information on septic tanks and the process of septic cleaning, talk with plumbers at Septic Blue. Don’t shy away from doing some research yourself as well.