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Welcome To The Septic Tank Guys!
There is no job too big or too small for us and there is no job we cannot handle. When your septic system needs servicing, you can count on The Septic Guys to effectively assess the situation and pinpoint the cause of the problem. From the time you call into our office, our friendly staff will ask a series of questions and schedule a time that works for you to have our experts perform either a routine maintenance pump or repair the septic system.
If it is an emergency, we always have an emergency crew who can help. We have years of experience and our technicians are friendly, thorough and take the time to provide options and guidance. Our team happily serves by providing fast and friendly service. We understand that you have other companies to choose from, which is why customer satisfaction is our number one priority! Our ability to continually serve you is genuinely appreciated.
So How Does A Septic System Work?
All septic systems are comprised of two main part, there is a septic tank and a drain field. So when you flush the toilet, where does the waste go?
Well it’s worth mentioning that urban wastewater gets released into a central sewage system for the block/neighborhood/community. Unlike the urban system, rural homes have a home-by-home sewage system. The size of your septic tank is predicated on the size of your home and is the ultimate destination for all of your waste water – toilets, showers, sinks, bathtubs, washing machines, etc.
As wastewater makes its way away from the home, the force of gravity is used to push the waste into the tank and ultimately exits the tank by use of sloped pipes.
As displayed in the adjacent diagram, the wastewater enters the tank and is naturally grouped into three different parts.
- Solids – due to the weight and density of solids, they sink to the bottom of the tank and form a layer of sludge
- Liquids – are comprised mostly of water and collect in the middle of the tank directly above the sludge as it is less dense
- Oils and Fats – being the least dense of all layers, they collect at the very top to form a layer of scum
Typically, the liquid layer will account for approximately 80-90% of the tanks matter. As the liquid ultimately gets pushed out of the tank, the sludge and scum remain in the septic tank where naturally occurring bacteria work to break it down. Unfortunately the bacteria cannot completely break down all of the sludge and scum, this is why you must periodically schedule septic tank pumping to remove that matter that hasn’t fully decomposed by bacteria.
Eventually the separated wastewater in the middle of the tank gets pushed out to the drain field as more appliances are used in the house. Drain fields allow additional treatment as it has small outlets with perforations in them where water can escape. The water will ultimately make its way through a layer of gravel and then released and percolated through the soil where it will naturally remove coliform bacteria and other viruses found in fecal matter.
Why Pump Your Septic Tank?
Just like any other mechanical system in your home, continuous maintenance extends its lifespan and helps it function much more efficiently. Septic Tanks and systems are no exception. With that said, scheduling a routine septic tank pump will cost on average between $100 – $300 depending on the scope of work which really only needs to be done every 2-3 years. On the contrary, failing to schedule routine maintenance on your septic system could cost you dearly. A new septic system on average runs from $5000 – $10,000 installed and could be completely avoided with a routine septic pump.
Another reason to routinely pump your septic tank is for the health and safety of your family, community and environment. When a septic system fails, there is nowhere else for the waste water to go and begins to seep up from the ground into the dirt and grass. This untreated human waste gets released into the environment and can pose a serious threat of unnecessary disease and infection. Untreated waste water can find it’s way to local wells and other drinking and ground water sources. To make matters worse, pharmaceuticals and other harmful chemicals and commonly flushed down our drains which have, in the past, been known to fatally harm others due to conflicts with other medications or by triggering severe allergic reactions.
Last, property values have declined due to the failure of septic tanks. Sometime building permits cannot be issued for these buildings and a great amount of time and money are required before the replacement can actually be done. This of course could have been avoided if routine maintenance had been performed. Unfortunately, failing septic tanks can also have negative affects on lakes, rivers and streams that give life to other living organisms. Be sure to schedule your routine septic tank pumps to avoid most issues down the road.
Maintaining Your Septic System
As with other mechanicals in the house, septic systems are recommended to be inspected yearly to confirm it is working properly and, if necessary, to perform a routine septic tank pump. Often times, septic systems can live very long and efficient lives with continuous monitoring and care. During a standard maintenance call:
- The Septic Tank Guys will perform the following:
- Locate your septic system
- Uncover the manhole and inspection ports
- Ensure connections are properly fastened
- Confirm sludge and scum layers are satisfactory
- Thorough inspection of the tank and drainfield
Should your septic tank need pumping, always make sure to hire a licensed, boned and insured professional who has experience pumping out sludge and scum from septic systems. Make sure he has the appropriate equipment to thoroughly perform the job and that he will dispose of the waste in a properly designated treatment facility.
Habitually pumping your septic tank is the single most important thing you can do to keep your system working properly and preventing its premature failure. Should your tank become too full, this could cause a backup of your appliances and even create a backup of wastewater in the soil and grass (picture the scene in Meet The Parents).